Acorns Statutory Partnerships

Acorns is a specialist, trusted and quality service provider to the NHS and Local Authorities. We are quality and performance managed, evidenced through our annual quality accounts and we are registered with and regulated by the Care Quality Commission. We have Good and Outstanding inspection outcomes across our three hospices, located in Birmingham, Walsall and Worcester.

Our care and support offer is holistic, designed to meet current and future health and social care challenges by promoting wellbeing and independence. We have a comprehensive understanding of the needs of the children and families we support and ensure that our services are integrated into key health and social work partnerships. As a result, we are able to break down barriers of how that care is provided and lessen duplication in provision.

Our care is provided 24/7, 365 days of the year by fully qualified and trained staff.

Acorns believes in collaborative working with all our statutory partners across the region. These relationships are both formal, where we hold commissioning relationships with them, but also informal where we share knowledge and information that mutually benefits our joint objectives to provide quality care and support to life limited and life threatened children across our region.

It costs around £10 million pounds a year to provide our services from our three hospices. Without the vital financial contributions made by NHSE from the Children’s Grant and from our CCG and Local Authority partners, we would not be able to sustain this level of highly valued and specialised care and support.

Child and volunteer enjoying the gardens at Acorns for the Three Counties

We hold ten contracts with our STP and CCG partners, involving 18 individual CCGs and are actively seeking to work with others where there is currently no formal relationship in place. We deeply value these partnerships and are keen to sustain them and develop them further in the future. Click here to read more about our core services.

Child and nurse enjoying a book at Acorns for the Three Counties

In addition to our core service offer, Acorns provides fully commissioned paid for care and support. This supports our statutory partners to address individual circumstances of families who require their support, often in unexpected or crisis situations.

We can assist our health colleagues in providing a “bridging” service between hospital and home, or our social care colleagues in providing the specialist support required for a child with complex needs.  If you would like to hear more about this service please contact our Director of Statutory Partnerships on

  1. Birmingham and Solihull CCG
  2. South Warwickshire CCG
  3. Coventry and Rugby CCG
  4. Warwickshire North CCG
  5. Worcestershire CCG
  6. Wyre Forest CCG
  7. Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG
  8. Herefordshire CCG
  9. Gloucestershire CCG
  10. Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG
  11. Dudley CCG
  12. a. South East Staffordshire
    b. Seisdon Peninsula CCG
  13. Wolverhampton CCG
  14. Walsall CCG
  15. Cannock Chase CCG
  16. Stafford and Surrounds CCG
  17. Telford and Wrekin CCG
  18. Shropshire CCG
  19. Stoke on Trent CCG
  20. East Staffordshire CCG

Acorns is the largest children’s hospice charity in England. We have a responsibility to continually advance and improve the care of life limited and life threatened children to help shape and develop children’s paediatric palliative care and share our knowledge and learning with our partners. We continue to work strategically with the children’s hospice sector partner Together for Short Lives (TFSL) and in collaboration with them Acorns provided evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Review Group (APPG) and continue to work with NHSE to implement its findings.

Read the APPG report here.

NHS England

Acorns are working in partnership with the NHSE to develop and improve children’s and young people’s paediatric palliative care services. We are key stakeholders in the NHSE strategic National CYP Palliative Care and End of Life Project Governance Group, in addition to membership of the Task & Finish groups contributing to the work of this national forum.

We continue to consult with and share with our statutory partners the work from these groups. This work has assisted in delivering increased funding from NHSE to CCGs to increase the level of commissioned support this vital service area.

Acorns also receives funding from NHSE Children’s Hospice Grant that contributes to the cost of delivering our services.


Acorns is a member of the West Midlands Paediatric Palliative Care Network (WMPPCN) who collect data about palliative care needs and provision in the West Midlands region. This includes the collection of the Paediatric Palliative Care Minimum Dataset and addressing gaps identified.

The WMPPCN informs commissioning strategy for the development of paediatric palliative care services with reference to regional data and national best practice standards. This is delivered via membership of the Regional Commissioning Group.

The network facilitates commissioner and provider cooperation to improve care pathways across statutory and voluntary sectors and aims to raise public and professional awareness of paediatric palliative care.

Acorns works in close partnership with Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital to deliver palliative care and support advancement of patient centred care through collaborative working. We have a paediatric palliative care consultant from BCH who works with Acorns providing support and advice to clinical staff where needed.

We are looking to extend this relationship with proposals for nursing staff working across the hospice, hospital and the community to create care without boundaries. This will enable more discharges from hospital and cater for the needs and wishes of our children and families more effectively.

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