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Building Health Partnerships

8 Mar 2013 - 09:10 by michelle.foster

Building Health Partnerships is a learning programme designed to improve collaboration between clinical commissioning groups (CCG) and local voluntary and community organisations and social enterprises (VCSE). It is being managed by NAVCA in partnership with Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) and the NHS Commissioning Board, with the support of the Department of Health.

12 local areas have been selected to each receive £50,000 to form a programme of learning sites across England to develop, highlight and support best practice; enable local partners to innovate local solutions and to spread best practice amongst other CCGs.

The 12 areas are: Bristol; Croydon; City & Hackney; Dudley; Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield; North Hampshire; Bradford & Airedale; Manchester; Shropshire; Staffordshire; Swindon; and Wakefield.

How the programme will work
The programme will support voluntary organisations and commissioners to jointly develop meaningful engagement to develop practical solutions to commissioning local services. It will make a real difference to communities by improving local health outcomes.

Each learning site will have a skilled facilitation and development support offer that will be locally tailored and which will include:
• an initial diagnostic session to identify local learning and improvement objectives;
• partnership development sessions to build mutual understanding and communications

There will also be a number of masterclasses available including:
• Two half-day partnership development sessions.
o Two half-day master-classes to tackle specific local needs (e.g. outcomes based commissioning, co-production of services, social return on investment).
o Two days mentoring for key individuals or organisations as they implement change.

The learning and benefits of the work will be spread to all CCGs and voluntary organisations across England who will be able to adapt and build on the best practice they develop.

The 12 areas will be encouraged to share ideas, learning and outcomes through a National network. This will spread innovation and support wider dissemination and application of successful approaches and lessons learned. The successes of the programme will also be of relevance to health and wellbeing boards and the emerging local Healthwatch organisations.

For further information, visit: www.navca.org.uk/healthpartnerships, or contact Neil Cleeveley, on 0114 289 3954, or email: neil.cleeveley@navca.org.uk

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