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Third Sector

NHS West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group works closely with the third sector to ensure that it is supported to help achieve the best health outcomes for people in West Cheshire.

Third sector organisations include charities, voluntary and community groups.

To ensure that the sector retains a strong voice in relation to commissioning, Healthwatch Cheshire play an active role on a number of our decision-making committees.

An independent body, Healthwatch Cheshire also regularly undertake research projects and produce reports relating to health and care in West Cheshire.

In addition to supporting the sector via the consistent involvement of Healthwatch Cheshire and ongoing engagement with a range of third sector forums, we also commission a number of third sector groups to support our work.

The clinical commissioning group also maintains strong links with local third sector infrastructure organisations Chester Voluntary Action and Ellesmere Port and Neston Association of Voluntary and Community Organisations (EPNAVCO).

Meanwhile, our Patient Support Group Forum brings together a wide range of third sector organisations which help to support patients in West Cheshire to help us forge stronger links with third sector groups and enable them to directly influence our work.

Third Sector Grants

In 2017/18 NHS West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group Carried out a review of the grants we provide to local Third Sector organisations. Many grants had been in place for a number of years and we needed to ensure the grants we provide continue to be of high quality, value for money and are clearly linked to our priorities.

We launched a new grant application process in autumn 2017 in order to ensure that all grants awarded for the 2018/19 financial year can clearly demonstrate that they support the clinical commissioning group to deliver our commissioning intentions. All grants have been allocated fairly and transparently - with all organisations across West Cheshire given equal opportunity to apply.


A letter was sent to all 2017/18 grant recipients outlining the review, the application process and key milestones. Information about the application process was also publicised to the wider sector.

An information event was held on 11 December to provide organisations the opportunity to find out more and ask questions, with an application pack, guidance and scoring information then issued to organisations who expressed an interest.


All applications submitted by the extended deadline of 29 January 2018 were evaluated by a panel of commissioning and programme managers against the stated criteria in the application pack. All applications were evaluated in a consistent way against;

  • Our commissioning intentions
  • Programme priorities/targeted outcomes
  • The quality of the application and proposed delivery
  • The evidenced need for the project
  • The sustainability and added value offered by the application


We were overwhelmed with the number of applications we received and therefore, had to focus on those applications that were most closely aligned to the clinical commissioning group’s priorities and commissioning intentions.

Organisations that were unsuccessful have been informed and, if they were in receipt of 2017/18 funding, were issued 3 months’ notice. Organisations that were successful have been informed and are listed in the table below. All awards are for a 12 month period only from 1 April 2018 – 31 March 2019 and will be subject to further review.

There may be further opportunities for grant funding both in year and in 2019/20 as we develop our integration programme with NHS partners and Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Third Sector organisations awarded grant funding in 2018/19:

1 Dial House
2 Deafness Support Network
4 Stroke Association
5 Neuromuscular Centre
6 Chester Plus
7 Neurotherapy Centre
8 Hospice of the Good Shepherd
9 End of Life Partnership
10 Age UK Cheshire
11 Chapter
12 Retain CIC
13 Healthbox CIC
14 The Reader
15 Youth Federation
16 Carers Trust for All
17 Churches Together (Cheshire Agricultural Chaplaincy)


Healthwatch Cheshire

Healthwatch Cheshire Reports

Chester Voluntary Action

Ellesmere Port and Neston Association of Voluntary and Community Organisations