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AVA supports National Coalition for Independent Action, Don't Cut Us Out West Sussex, NAVCA, Living Wage Foundation and Keep Volunteering Voluntary 

PRESS RELEASE                           FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE        26 November 2014


Adur Voluntary Action (AVA) are asking Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group(CCG)  to  commit to continued local delivery of health care services in Adur.

Southlands Hospital currently provides many musculoskeletal (MSK) services, including Physiotherapy, Dermatology, Occupational Therapy, Cardiac & Stroke re-hab gyms, Speech & Language Therapy, and Clinical Departments. There are other facilities available at Southlands that the local community depend on, these include Imaging (X-ray), Pathology, Gynaecology service, Day Surgery, Outpatients, Clinical Departments, Ante Natal Clinic. There are also plans for an Ophthalmology clinic. 

Members of AVA are concerned that the CCG proposal to contract out the delivery of MSK services to a new “social enterprise company”, formed jointly  by Central Surrey Health and BUPA, will spell the beginning of the end for Southlands much-valued services. The proposal is currently under review by independent consultants Price Waterhouse Coopers, but this is an internal review of the possible impacts of delivery by the new “social enterprise” upon existing services – not a public consultation. 

Adrian Barritt (Chief Officer), reflecting the consensus at AVA’s recent annual meeting,  said: 

“BUPA is a private company and provident association. Central Surrey Health provides community health services in Surrey. Whilst these have stated that services will continue to be delivered in the existing localities, this needs to be a lot tighter.  There is a risk that pressure to deliver a profitable contract will lead to cuts in local availability of services and local people having to travel much further to receive care. The transport congestion and cost of travel along coastal West Sussex mean that it is common sense, if we are putting the users first, to provide services as locally as is possible.” 

AVA also ask for clear evidence that the full requirements of the Public Services (Social Value) Act were fully considered at the pre-procurement stage. This should include the wider impact upon the community if an established locally-based health care provider, Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, should lose the MSK contract; potential transport and environmental costs incurred by local people; the social value and community engagement value of delivery of health care by organisations that are rooted in and accountable to their communities. 

“The eventual contract” commented Mr Barritt “must contain conditions that ensure that Adur, with over 60,000 residents, has continued local access to these vital health services for the foreseeable future. Every local person is, knows or will be a NHS service user. The government believes in localism, so what better way for the Clinical Commissioning Group to demonstate this commitment than by responding to these very reasonable wishes of our community?” 

From Don't Cut Don't Cut Us Out

Don't Cut Us Out is supporting a demonstration being held at the offices of Coastal West Sussex CCG on Wednesday 26th November at 1.45pm.

This is at 1 The Causeway, Worthing (next to Durrington-on-Sea railway station)

This protest is being organised to stop commissioners handing over an NHS contract worth £235m to a new Central Surrey Health/Bupa "social enterprise" with potential  dire consequences for trauma services predicted by doctors and other health care professionals.

We have reached a critical time now to save our NHS. This is not so much privatisation by the back-door, as smashing down the front door with a sledgehammer. Nye Bevan, founder of the NHS, said that it would remain as long as there were folk with the faith to fight for it. Now is the time for us to show that faith.

Claims by out of touch politicians that the NHS is too bureaucratic, and not outcome based is a lie. On every important measure, including outcomes, our NHS ranks as the greatest healthcare system in the world. That's the verdict according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and The Commonwealth Fund

So please join Don't Cut Us Out, HealthAlert, 38 Degrees, Keep our NHS Public and many other campaigners, health professionals and individuals with the faith to fight for our NHS, next Wednesday at 1.45 pm.




Peoples Health Trust Annual Review 2014 profiles Lancing Village Action 

Voluntary action is about co-operation not competition

Rediscover a sense of place

It's good to see two recent books exploring some of the key values which steer AVA's approach to its challenges. Copies available on loan from AVA office




AVA AGM 2014

Thank you to everyone who attended our AGM on 31 October and helped to make it such a vibrant and convivial occasion. Take a look at the photographs on our Facebook page.

There was a lively discussion about the choice by Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group of BUPA as their preferred contractor to deliver future musculosceletal services. The meeting resolved that AVA should support the campaign promoted in the Shoreham Herald, and campaign against any changes which in the view of local people undermine quality of service, or access to services. Please will anyone interested in participating in this contact AVA.

Be part of our shared and creative future

AVA is looking closely at ways in which we can strengthen our dialogue and relationships with local people and groups. This will mean that our Volunteer Centre will be maintaining contact with everyone who approaches us as a potential volunteer, either with AVA or any other local organisation. We are interested in whether our support helps you, whether you find a rewarding role, and any other help we can offer. We are talking dialogue, not a one-off encounter. 

AVA will also be keeping in more frequent touch with organisations who register with our volunteer centre and who wish to recruit volunteers to help in their work. We want to know if we can work together more closely to support ourselves and our volunteers, by provision of training, learning opportunities, mentoring or other forms of mutual aid. We are also extending our local outreach centres right across Adur, offering local contact points for potential volunteers, members of the public and voluntary organisations which span Adur from Sompting to Fishersgate. The Shoreham and Lancing outreach points are run directly by AVA's own staff and volunteers, whilst the outreach point in Sompting is operated by Sompting Big Local, whose objectives are very similar to those of AVA, and whose team will be able to refer issues to AVA whenever appropriate. We are also planning a presence in Fishersgate very shortly.

So in three  ways AVA is moving closer to local people, local organisations and local issues. Call in and talk with us, share your skills and benefit from the wide pool of experience available within Adur's communities. Help AVA work with you, and in turn, please do all you can to promote and support AVA.


Adur i-pad club Wednesdays 8 October 10-12 Old School House

Adur Community Network January 22nd  meeting  12.30 Old School House speaker Martin Ladbrook on Charity Insurance. 

Adur Community Network Mar ch 26th meeting 12.30 Old School House speaker Graham McKindy, Lottery Heritage Fund

Adur Access & Mobility Group  November 28th, Members' Room, Lancing Civic Centre, 10.30am

Don't Cut Us Out lobby of Coastal West Sussex CCG 26 November 2014 The Causeway 1.45pm (just outside Durrington railway station)