Connecting and Strengthening the VCSE Sector

Learning as part of the Integrated Care System

ICS Academy

The ICS Academy hosts a dedicated VCSE Faculty which brings together representative VCSE organisational leads to work together to determine the joint education, learning & development priorities.

As our Faculty develops, updates and access to a full repository of information, resources, tools and development offers will be promoted via the ICS Academy.

Visit the ICS Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Faculty page

View the H&W ICS Academy Launch

NHS Leadership Academy

All Worcestershire VCSE organisations have access to the NHS Midlands Leadership Academy.

The NHS Leadership Learning Zone is accessible on any browser: https://midlands.leadershipnhs.uk/

To access E-Learning you will need to create a personal log-in and account account. In the learning portal you can keep a track of your progress in each module, returning to your learning as and when you wish.

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Herefordshire and Worcestershire ICS Academy Exchange

The ICS Academy Exchange offers a wealth of learning and training resources that will assist your career pathway, broaden your knowledge and offer access to a host of other resources. 

  • Complete free courses and webinars on leadership, aspirational development and coaching and mentoring 
  • Complete nationally mandated training courses
  • Enjoy the benefits of a resources library

Click here to create an account or view as a guest : NHS Herefordshire & Worcestershire Integrated Care System Academy Exchange

ICS Academy Exchange

FutureNHS Working in Partnership with the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise Sector network

People working in VCSE organisations can join Working in Partnership with the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise Sector network on the FutureNHS platform.

This workspace is designed for those working in health and care systems to share information, learning and resources showcasing collaborative working between the NHS, local government, the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector and other local partners.

There is a range of tools and resources available on the workspace, including the Framework for addressing practical barriers to integration of VCSE sector organisations which provides:

> An overview of the three areas which form the main barriers and challenges to partnership working between the VCSE and statutory sector, which are commissioning, service design and delivery; sharing data, insight and intelligence, and; funding and sustainable investment.  

>A menu of approaches that others have adopted or are trying which can support addressing those barriers.

>A series of detailed case examples drawn from different ICSs which provide an understanding of the processes that people have gone through which take account of the journey of implementation and local context.


Request access by emailing vcses-manager@future.nhs.uk.

Register here

NHS Health Education England E-Learning for Health (ELFH) Hub 

E-Learning for Health is available to VCSE organisations.

Access is via registration with NHS Open Athens. Learn more here

Core Skills Training Framework

Learning Pools hosts core skills modules for healthcare workers and modules on over 650 other topics. Register here

FutureNHS Integrated Care Learning Network (ICLN)

Integrated Care Network

The ICLN is an umbrella platform for colleagues working across health and care systems to come together and share experiences and good practice. Whether you work in an acute trust, primary care, local government or the voluntary sector, this is a great network for you to be a part of. It is a place where you can make connections and access important policy information, guidance and resources, to support you on your journey to becoming a thriving integrated care system (ICS). You can network with colleagues who are tackling similar issues, to find solutions, pose questions and share knowledge, through online discussions.

When health and care organisations work together to plan and delivery services across primary and specialist care, physical and mental health, health and social care at different levels – neighbourhood, place and system, it helps improve the health of the their populations. It also helps systems to focus on self-care and prevention so that people can live healthier and more independent lives.

Request access by emailing integratedcare-manager@future.nhs.uk

Register here