About the Complex Needs Consortium

The National Autistic Society, Sense and VoiceAbility work together as part of the Complex Needs Consortium. This is part of the Government and NHS’ Health and Wellbeing Alliance.

The Complex Needs Consortium aims to help make the voice of people with complex needs heard in decisions made by the Government about things like health and social care. For example this can include people who are on the autism spectrum, have a learning disability, sensory impairment or mental health problem. They might have more than one of these.

Some examples of what the Complex Needs Consortium does are:
Providing evidence to the Government when they are making decisions about new laws and policies.
Developing resources for professionals and decision makers about how to support people with complex needs.
Helping explain changes to laws or policies to people with complex needs.

More information about the Health and Wellbeing Alliance

The Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Health and Wellbeing Alliance (HW Alliance) has been established to:

Facilitate integrated working between the voluntary and statutory sectors 
Support a two way flow of information between communities, the VCSE sector and policy leads
Amplify the voice of the VCSE sector and people with lived experience to inform national policy
Facilitate co-produced solutions to promote equality and reduce health inequalities

The HW Alliance is jointly managed by the Department of Health (DH), Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England and is made up of 21 VCSE Members that represent communities who share protected characteristics or that experience health inequalities. Through their networks HW Alliance Members can link with communities and VCSE organisations across England.

Individuals and VCSE organisations who would like to share their experiences and ideas with NHS England, DH and PHE can do so via HW Alliance Members. 

Other members of the Alliance include:

Age UK 
Complex Needs Consortium 
Carers Partnership:
Citizen’s Advice 
Clinks and Nacro (criminal justice) 
End of Life Care Consortium
Faith Action 
Friends, Families and Travellers 
Homeless Link 
Maternity Action 
Men’s Health Forum 
Mental Health Consortia 
National LGB&T Partnership:
National Voices
Race Equality Foundation
UK Health Forum
Young People’s Health Partnership
The Valuing People Alliance (learning disabilities)
Win-Win Alliance (User-led organisations, disabled people and service users)

More information can be found on the Government’s Health and Wellbeing Alliance page.