The Building Health Partnerships: Self-care programme will provide funded support to enable Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STP) to engage with the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector and citizens on wellbeing and self-care priorities.
Jointly funded by NHS England and the Big Lottery Fund and delivered in partnership by Social Enterprise UK and the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR) the programme will run from April 2017 to June 2018.
The BHP: Self-care programme takes a dual focus combining relationship building with agreeing and implementing joint action. STP areas in the programme will be able to access a mixture of facilitated support, expert input, links to other networks and initiatives and communications expertise.
The programme is intended to support STPs to more effectively engage with all the providers and people necessary to meet their plan objectives – in line with the Five Year Forward View.
Eight STP areas have been selected to take part in the programme:
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Read more about the work from 7 of these areas in the latest (August 2018) briefing paper here.
Previously SEUK and IVAR have delivered the BHP programme with 22 areas at a local authority and Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) level. For details on this previous work please click here.
The focus of the programme will be on self-care, but what exactly is that and why is it an important priority for the health and care system?
Each STP footprint has focused on a specific area of self-care including peer support in mental health care, carer-friendly services and social prescribing to support a good life in old age. These interim findings highlight examples of activity so far and areas that will be explored in the upcoming months. Click here to download the Interim Findings.
Throughout the duration of the programme we'll be sharing learning and reflections from participants and organisers from across the eight areas in a series of blog posts.
An Introduction to the Programme - SEUK's Nancy Towers introduces the BHP Self Care Programme.
What Makes You Feel Good? - Nick Temple reflects on his experiences at the first partnership meeting of the programme for the Humber Coast and Vale STP area.
BHP - A Carers Perspective - Maggie Sanderson, a carer who attended the Herefordshire and Worcestershire first partnership session, gives her thoughts on why she went along and what she hopes the programme will achieve.
"Building Health Partnerships has been about culture change within the NHS and beyond" - We interviewed Emily Holloway from the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust about her involvement in Building Health Partnerships (BHP).