• 18Nov

    10 actions for putting people and communities at the heart of health

    This week has seen the publication of the final tools and resources from the Realising the Value programme.

    Realising the Value was an 18-month programme funded by NHS England and led by Nesta and the Health Foundation, which ran from May 2015 to November 2016. It aimed to enable people to take an active role in their own health and care, in support of the NHS Five Year Forward View vision to develop a new relationship with people and communities.

    The programme took a whole system view to increase understanding of how person- and community centred approaches add value, and of what works to embed and spread them in practice.

    It explored in-depth five different methods – peer support; self-management education; health coaching; group activities to support health and wellbeing; and asset-based approaches – to assess their effectiveness, impact on patients, and wider benefits.

    The final project report sets out ten key actions on what should be done and how people need to work differently to put people and communities at the heart of health and wellbeing.

    The project resources include:

    • A guide with practical tips on designing, embedding and spreading the five person- and community-centred approaches to maximise their impact;
    • An economic modelling tool for commissioners, which builds understanding of how person- and community-centred approaches can support health and wellbeing in local populations, estimates potential savings and wider social benefits, and helps to build the business case;
    • A report on system levers setting out the role of national bodies in supporting the implementation and spread of person- and community-centred approaches;
    • A new articulation of value that focuses on what matters to people and communities. This includes a series of calls to action including the need to build a consensus on developing a single simplified outcomes framework, focused on what matters to people.

    You can access all the tools resources from the project on Nesta’s website.