“Keeping Well in Communities”

These two STP footprints in the North East – Northumberland Tyne and Wear and North Durham + Durham, Darlington, Teeside, Hambleton, Richmond and Whitby will be working together, with the Building Health Partnerships: Self-Care programme to explore ways to utilise community asset based and social prescribing approaches to address some key health problems.

They will build on their existing work across the North East, including the community led asset based approach to health and wellbeing, which has been supported by Public Health England and had its Third Annual Conference at the end of March 2017.

To read an overview of this area’s work read the case study here.

First Partnership Session

This slide deck includes presentations from the First Partnership Session in the North East as well as notes summarising the key points and themes which emerged on the day. The slides represent a snapshot of where the partnership got to by the end of the first partnership session and the Core Group developed these ideas to shape the second partnership session.

Second Partnership Session

The second partnership session took place on 30th October and allowed participants to build on the learning from the first session and decide on action plans going forward. The slides from the session can be found here and the key notes and actions can be accessed here.

Third Partnership Session

Instead of holding a third partnership session the North East core group are taking Building Health Partnership (BHP) workshops to various events across the North East, with the view to building networks and support for social approaches to improve health and wellbeing.

As part of the North East & Humber Social Prescribing Network event, which took place on the 15thJanuary, the BHP: Self-Care Programme hosted a short workshop on social prescribing and asset based approaches in the North East at a Sustainable Transformation Partnership (STP) level. The participants held discussions around what well-being outcomes might look like for individuals, communities and commissioners – the findings are summarised here.  

Building Health Partnerships also attended the Community Centred and Asset Based Approaches to Improving Health and Wellbeing Event on the 13th March at The Durham Centre, DH1 1TN.

Event Aims:

  • To showcase the benefits of accessing community resources as an approach to improving health and wellbeing
  • To update on progress and outputs from national and local work streams linked to community centred and asset based approaches including the Building Health Partnership Programme in the North East
  • To foster joint partnership and cross sector working around identifying and developing collaborative priorities across the North East

You can view slides from the session here

Fourth Partnership Session

  • Instead of holding a fourth partnership session, the North East Partnership decided to hold a commissioners’ roundtable to address financial and contractual barriers to the effective use of community-centred approaches and social prescribing, called Commissioning in Complexity. The partnership also mapped existing ‘social prescribing’ programmes in the North East. The results were inputted onto a web-enabled mapping tool to support the strategic planning of  services and physical assets across the whole ‘health’ economy.

‘The process has enabled us to start developing a picture of the provision across the region enabling us to analyse the spread of social prescribing against indications of local need and provide an online platform to sign post professionals and clinicians to their local offer.’

Public sector organisation

These notes summarise findings from the workshop held at the Community Asset Based Approaches Conference and the Commissioners Roundtable.