Shipley MP Philip Davies has again shown his support for the charity sector by attending the parliamentary launch of “Recipes for Success”, a book which shares the experiences of 14 charities who have worked with the NHS to improve patient services. The book aims to help other charities who are considering similar partnerships.
The launch was hosted by blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan, who recently collaborated with NHS Blood and Transplant in order to align their two bone marrow registers. The aligned registry has allowed Anthony Nolan to find more matches for blood cancer patients more quickly, reducing patient waiting time. The project also allowed the two organisations to secure government funding from a joint bid.
Henny Braund, Chief Executive of Anthony Nolan, said, “The whole voluntary sector should be proud of the achievements made by these charity and NHS partnerships in providing high quality services or care to patients. We hope our book encourages many more to embark on an NHS partnership and show how voluntary sector expertise can help revolutionise patient care, just as these charities have.”
Mr Davies said, “It’s clear that partnerships between the NHS and the charity sector can bring huge benefits to patients. Hopefully ‘Recipes for Success’ will encourage other charities to seek out potential partnerships for themselves, while also giving them guidance on how to do so.”
“Recipes for Success” also features partnerships with Action for Deafness, Addaction, Beat, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, DEBRA, Epilepsy Action, Helen’s Trust, Little Princess Trust, Meningitis Trust, Motor Neurone Disease Association, National Childbirth Trust, Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and Theodora Children’s Trust. The book will be distributed to charities, MPs, Ministers and civil servants to demonstrate successful partnerships between the NHS and voluntary sector so far, to help facilitate similar partnerships in the future.