Exploring opportunities for the voluntary and community sector in supporting peer led activities and informal networks

Thursday 11th May 2017, 9:30am – 11:30am

DY1 Building, Stafford Street, Dudley

Background information and context

The NHS Five Year Forward View highlights the importance of the following in transforming health and social care services to meet to demands of an aging population:

  • Supporting people to manage their own health better
  • A need for radical upgrade in prevention and public health
  • The NHS becoming a better partner with the voluntary sector and local communities
  • Encouraging self-management for people with specific conditions and peer to peer support
  • Health related community volunteering

Dudley’s MCP commissioning and procurement document states that the MCP will:

  • Work effectively and efficiently with the voluntary and community sector ensuring there is parity of esteem between sector-led activities and initiatives and traditional health and care services.
  • Work with partner organisations in helping to build community capacity and resilience
  • Promote education, self-management and peer support

Aims of session

  • Explore with voluntary and community sector organisations opportunities for stimulating and nurturing peer to peer support informal networks for people living with a long term condition, people with drug and alcohol dependency, people who care for children with a learning disability or physical disability, older people that care for other older people, young people with mental health issues.
  • Explore ideas for co-designing a model to support and enable such activities (some  small levels of financial resource will be made available if required to kick start activities).
  • Explore how the voluntary and community sector can gather evidence of the value of peer-led activities to help people self-manage their health and wellbeing

Who the session is aimed at: voluntary organisations, charities, social enterprises, faith based organisation, community groups.

Book a place through the Eventbrite link here:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/exploring-opportunities-for-the-voluntary-sector-in-supporting-peer-led-activities-social-networks-tickets-33459223438

Are Link Officers the missing link?

Dudley multispecialty community provider vanguard aims to improve health and wellbeing for local people through more closely linked health and care services, based around GP practices, which allow easier access to care that is consistent and better co-ordinated. In October 2014 they created Integrated Plus, a service based on a social prescribing model that supports people who frequently visit their GP and who are at high risk of hospital admission. Kate Green manages the service and discusses the important role that Link Officers play in the supporting patients.

The aim of the Integrated Plus service is to look at the whole needs of a person, regardless of what those needs might be and jointly find solutions to problems faced and identify opportunities for people to become more involved and active in their community. We help to ensure people are accessing services and activities appropriate to their needs.

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