The Realising the Value consortium have published a new report At the heart of health: Realising the value of people and communities.
The report brings together evidence on what good person- and community-centred approaches for health and wellbeing look like and their potentially wide-reaching benefits.
It identifies that person- and community-centred approaches broadly fit within three main categories:
- Approaches that enable people to look after themselves better, including understanding their condition, managing their symptoms and improving their diet, and education tailored to particular conditions.
- Approaches that enable people to have meaningful relationships that help them improve their health and wellbeing through, for example, peer support networks and community groups.
- Approaches that enable people to work collaboratively with professionals, such as collaborative consultations and health coaching.
In particular, the programme focuses on five areas:
- Peer support
- Self-management education
- Health coaching
- Group activities to support health and wellbeing
- Asset-based approaches in a health and wellbeing context.
The report includes a wide range of evidence and practical examples to support the work of commissioners and other decision-makers seeking to find ways to empower individuals and communities in their health and care.
In connection with the report, they have also published two annexes produced by the Institute of Health & Society, Newcastle University: a scoping review of the evidence base and evidence summaries for five shortlisted approaches. Both annex papers can be found here.