There is an implicit prerequisite for Norfolk and Waveney VCSE partners to be fully embedded within ICS arrangements, to ensure achievement of the four overarching ICS aims.

Each ICS aim clearly benefits from the VCSE sector’s experience and knowledge; from their ability to reach communities within our places and neighbourhoods; through the unique data and insight they hold; via the services offered; and the ability of the VCSE sector to mobilise cost-effective solutions to addressing health and wellbeing priorities.

The four aims are:

  1. improve outcomes in population health and healthcare
  2. tackle inequalities in outcomes, experience, and access
  3. enhance productivity and value for money
  4. help the NHS support broader social and economic development

In 2021, the Norfolk and Waveney VCSE Assembly was formally established, with the following overarching functions:

  • To provide a VCSE engagement forum across Norfolk and Waveney, with a focus on health inequalities and prevention, with connection at neighbourhood, place, and system levels.
  • To provide a mechanism to support collaborative design of services and the capability to respond to emerging needs.
  • To increase influence and participation of VCSE organisations and groups in the design and delivery of health and care services within the ICS.

Place Network Leads:

The ambition of the Norfolk and Waveney VCSE Assembly model, to ensure connectivity of the VCSE Place Networks into the emerging Norfolk and Waveney place-based arrangements, creates five VCSE Place Network Leads.


These are funded roles, and it is hoped post holders will be in place by end of June. Expressions of Interest are being sought from individuals who are well placed to represent VCSE voice in our place-based arrangements.

Role summary:

  1. To work with the VCSE Assembly Chair to plan year one of transformative, values driven workstreams, actively participating in Place Networks.
  1. To play an active role in supporting the following key outcomes for Year One:
  • Inclusive and representative VCSE connection at a place level for the ICS, e.g., for the VCSE assembly and system VCSE led activity, and act as a conduit into Place governance and decision making. Connecting and encouraging equality of access.
  • Co-production - Support ways to identify gaps in local service provision and enable wider community partners to come together to make decision around the design and delivery of community-based services solutions.
  • Championing local priorities – Have an explicit focus on local health priorities and the impact of the wider determinants of health. Actively coalesce partners around a shared agenda and link into the Place Board and Partnerships transformation work programmes.
  • Sharing of data and insight –to increase awareness amongst place partners of the community needs and potential gaps in services.
  • To support the sustainability and effectiveness of the Assembly, by collaborating and facilitating agreed work programmes to develop and strengthen the Assembly in the next phase of its development.
  1. To support the development of the VCSE Assembly ‘team’, recognising our diversity and commitment to team working.

Expressions of Interest and how to apply:


In the recruitment pack you will find:

  • Job Description
  • Person Specification
  • Application and appointment process

Expressions of interest will be invited until midday, Friday 20 May 2022.

Dates for the virtual interview panel will be Monday 30 May. The expectation is that the Place Network Leads will be in place on or before Monday 20 June, ready for the official ICS start date of 1 July 2022.

Please submit your expression of interest by the closing date of Friday 20 May 2022, via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.