This chapter discusses a process carried out by the Health Commission for Wiltshire and Bath (now Wiltshire Health Authority) to audit the current pattern of alliance-working and to identify what alliances should be commissioned for the future. In its commissioning plan, A Strategy for Health and Services 1994–1999 (Health Commission for Wiltshire and Bath, 1993), the Commission stated its commitment to alliance-working. This commitment includes forming and building alliances for health with a range of agencies and agreeing joint purchasing agreements with other authorities. There is, therefore, a stated responsibility to developing health alliances with agencies as diverse as the education sector, various sections of the National Health Service (NHS), workplaces, business and employers, the media, local authorities, voluntary groups and carers’ groups.
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