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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Multi-Speciality Community Provider – Consultation

Dudley CCG has launched a public consultation to help shape the development of Dudley’s Multi-Speciality Community Provider (MCP). The consultation is to ask peoples views to help ensure that the new Dudley MCP is organised in the best possible way to meet people’s needs. Consultation is taking place on four key areas including:

Details of services included in the MCP contract (scope)

  1. The targets and outcomes expected to be achieved for Dudley people
  2. A description of the way the MCP is expected to operate (its characteristics)
  3. An expectation on how technology will be used to improve access (for example easier telephone/online access system)

How to get involved

You can share your views any time between Friday 15th July up until midnight on Friday 9th September. Take a look at Dudley CCG’s consultation document. You can return completed questionnaires free to the following address (just write this on an envelope):

FREEPOST RTGH-YKLH-AZXZ Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group Brierley Hill Health & Social Care Centre Venture Way BRIERLEY HILL DY5 1RU

Events taking place across Dudley borough:

Join in with one of 5 public meetings:

  • Monday 1st August at the Zion centre Halesowen – 1pm-3pm
  • Tuesday 2nd August at The Beacon Centre, Sedgley – 10am-12noon
  • Wednesday 3rd August at Stourbridge Town Hall – 1pm-3pm
  • Thursday 4th August at Brierley Hill Civic Hall – 5.30pm-7.30pm
  • Friday 5th August at DY1 in Dudley Town centre – 11am-1pm

To book a place at one of the above sessions please email Keren.Hodgson@dudleyccg.nhs.uk or call 01384 321730

Jump on the campervan between 1st and 5th August and leave your views in the video diary room. Dates and venues to be confirmed.

Come along to more focussed sessions to understand more detail on the following areas:

  •  Diabetes – Tuesday 19th July 4pm-6pm at DY1, Stafford St, Dudley, DY1 1RT
  • Primary Mental Health -Tuesday 6th September, 12pm-2pm, DY1, Stafford St, Dudley, DY1 1RT
  • Respiratory – Thursday 8th September, 2pm-4pm, Bank St Methodist Church, Brierley Hill, DY5 3DA
  • Outcomes, Characteristics and Scope – Monday 5th September 2016 10am-12.30pm, DY1, Stafford St, Dudley, DY1 1RT or Wednesday 7th September 2016 4.30pm-7pm, Brierley Hill Civic Hall, Brierley Hill, DY5 3DH

Alternatively you can:

Combating Loneliness and Isolation conference

Integrated Plus Link Officers attended a Westminster Briefing conference on 9th March in partnership with ‘The Campaign to End Loneliness’ to understand this largely unreported issue and what is currently being done to tackle it. The conference provided an opportunity to learn about the causes and consequences of loneliness and more importantly solutions to combat it.

Loneliness and isolation have a profound impact on the health and wellbeing of older populations and vulnerable people. There is a growing evidence base around the complex challenge of loneliness.

Here, is a summary provided at the conference from research undertaken.

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Happy 1st birthday to Vanguards

New blog post from fabnhsstuff.net

Happy 1st Birthday Vanguards – Best wishes for the next 365 stellar days

From today, March 11th, until March 17th the 50 Vanguards are celebrating their 1st birthday!

The birthday celebrations are largely digital so keep a look out for a blog and a short look back video from Sam Jones, programme director and a series of blogs from the vanguards themselves.

You can check out the hashtags #vanguards365 and #futureNHS so you can see what they are doing and how they are celebrating.

The Blonde will be keeping a close eye on the celebrations, eating cake and revisiting all the fabulous Vanguard shares which you can find here – handily all in one place for you! http://bit.ly/1VlVon8