A windfall of £450,000 to support practical and innovative ways to help patients improve health services has been announced. The Building Health Partnerships programme has been awarded the money from NHS England and the National Lottery – through the Big Lottery Fund.
The funding will provide tailored support for co-production to 10 areas, helping to more easily involve patients and carers in designing the services they use. For example, previous support helped launch a new programme in Essex to get early diagnosis for people with lung diseases.
The funding will also support leadership training and develop a ‘champions’ network’ where community representatives and commissioners can share the best ways to ensure communities and patients are at the heart of Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships’ (STP) and Integrated Care Systems’ (ICS) plans.
To date, the Building Health Partnerships programme, delivered by the Institute of Voluntary Action Research (IVAR) and Social Enterprise UK (SEUK), has helped communities to bring together patients with local, voluntary, community and social enterprise groups.
This has included:
- Gaining recognition for the role of mental health peer support workers in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
- Helping healthcare professionals bring carers into conversations about patients in Herefordshire and Worcestershire
- Making it easier for organisations that plan local health services to support community groups by developing a shared set of aims or “outcome measures” in Humber, Coast and Vale
- A new programme to get early diagnosis for people with lung diseases in Essex
Michael MacDonnell, Director of System Transformation at NHS England, said: “It’s important we work as closely as we can with a variety of community groups to ensure we get the richest input into designing services. The voices and views of a range of people from different backgrounds and circumstances can really make a difference to the solutions we find.”
Gemma Bull, Director at the Big Lottery Fund, said: “People with real experience of living with health conditions have the insight into what support is needed. We’re pleased that National Lottery funding will be used to bring people and communities together with healthcare professionals to design services that really work for them.”
Read more here: https://www.england.nhs.uk/2018/09/patients-say/