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April 2015
If you haven’t yet signed up to one of our regional gatherings please register now as they are almost full.  Over the past few weeks we have been working hard to design a day that will be practical and useful for everyone.  Members of the hub team, together with Sue Denmark and Trevor Fossey from our Co-production Group, met with our facilitator, Helen Sanderson, to make final adjustments to the agenda and plan some fantastic workshops.

If you haven't yet signed up to attend, but would like to come along, please click here for the London event and here to sign up for Manchester. If you have any problems registering, please send us an email on 
Meeting Our Partners

On Wednesday 8 April 2015, C4CC held a meeting to welcome the wave of new partners and induct them into the Coalition, providing an overview to the current programme of activity, the upcoming Co-production strategy and the overall vision for C4CC.

In the afternoon, the founding partners joined the group to explore the central themes of the Coalition and supported the group to create their own agenda and discussions. This resulted in a number of strong group discussions that will help shape the future work of the Coalition and build strong connections between all partners.

You can view the full review of the day here.
Meet the C4CC Hub Team

You may see mention of the C4CC hub team and wonder who these people may be, so we thought it was time to properly introduce the hub team members.

From the left we have Kirsty Haken, Senior Communications Lead, Lucy Ellis, Policy Lead, Martin Routledge, Director, Ali Gray, Policy and Project Support Officer, Catherine Wilton, Deputy Director and Shahana Ramsden, Senior Co-production Lead.
Co-production Group Meeting

On Thursday 9 April 2015, we were back at the Coin Street Centre, this time for the second meeting with our Co-production group. We had another strong turnout from the group with everyone eager to share all the great things that they have been involved in since the last session. We also used this meeting to collate the wide-ranging skills held by our group, plus gave opportunities for future training sessions to extend their skills further.

In the afternoon the group contributed to the design of our upcoming regional events, they heard about the long-term conditions programme and the Integrated Personal Commissioning sites and gave their thoughts on how the group could be involved. The group also defined ground rules and a code of conduct for the group.

The next meeting is due to be held in July.

"People don’t segment their issues or needs into categories like ‘housing’, ‘employment’ or ‘health’ – these are all related. Community groups are well positioned to support the whole person and co-ordinate care across different providers."

One of our new partners is the Community Development Foundation. They are a leading national organisation in community development and engagement.

In October last year they launched Tailor-made - a series of seven papers which detailed research on how community groups improve people's lives and with a focus on ensuring the many small community groups, who make such a difference in their communities, have their funding preserved.

You can find their website here and for the full series of papers, click here.
Vital Signs

The Richmond Group of Charities is a coalition of 10 of the leading health and social care organisations in the voluntary sector.

One of their most recent publications, Vital Signs, analyses the quality of health and care service from the users' perspective.

This unique evidence brings together their Coalition holds on their beneficiaries - the 15 million people in England who live with a long-term condition and their experiences of the NHS.

Their report highlights the gaps in care for long-term conditions, which ultimately lead to further problems - the type of problems which could easily have been prevented.

To download the full report, click here.

On 10 March, NHS England announced the first wave of Vanguard sites for the New Care Models Programme, one of the first steps in delivering the NHS Five Year Forward View.

More than 260 organisations and health and social care partnerships expressed an interest, detailing their plans to transform the delivery of care in their area.

Out of those, 29 have been announced and they fall into three areas of new care models:
  • Integrated Primary and Acute Care Systems - joining up GP, hospital, community and mental health services
  • Multispecialty Community Providers - moving specialist care out of hospitals into the community
  • Enhanced health in care homes - offering older people better, joined up health, care and rehabilitation services.

The Coalition attended the launch of the Vanguard sites on Wednesday 22 April and will be looking for ways we can support the design and delivery of care to ensure the inclusion of co-production and person-centred care.

For a full list of sites and more information, please click here.
Asset Based Approaches in Health Care

C4CC partner, the Health Foundation has recently released a report summarising the theory and evidence behind asset-based approaches in health care and wellbeing.

The report also contains six case studies, which describes these approaches in action.

You can read about some of the opportunities and challenges in adopting these approaches, the key principles for developing health assets and the impact on health outcomes from across the UK.

The report also identifies areas for further investigation and also makes a series of recommendations for researchers, policy makers and practitioners with an interest in asset based working.

You can download the full report here.

The next cohort of the successful Leadership for Empowered and Healthy Communities programme, sponsored by a number of C4CC partners kicks off in June, , and your time to register is running out. The final date for registering your interest has been extended to 7 May 2015, so act quickly if you want to take part 
This innovative programme explores how leaders can grow and nurture capacity in local communities to improve health and wellbeing and ensure better outcomes for people living with long-term conditions, disabled and older people. 
The programme is aimed at senior leaders and clinicians across health, social care and beyond who want to be part of a movement for change.  Participants will be encouraged to think radically about the role of ‘social capital’ in health and social care and the role of public service leadership in shaping the communities that citizens need and want.
To find out more click here and to register your interest please email Cathy Timmis.

  We have put together a roundup of blogs that we think might interest you.
  • The first on our list goes to a member of our Co-production group, Christine Morgan. She recently published a blog on 'Joining up the dots', which looks at Christine's hopes for C4CC's Co-production group, all the connections she has made, how they connect and the difference they could make.
  • Second up is from our director, Martin Routledge, who has drafted a two-part blog on Person-centred care and support - a moment of opportunity. This looks in depth at the various initiatives to provide a strong future for the NHS, but how these opportunities won't just take themselves...
  • Recently, we significantly expanded our partnership numbers, and one of our new partners, Spice, published a blog on how they are excited to be involved in shaping our work it's called New partner in Coalition for Collaborative Care.
  • And finally, we have a blog from Angela Coulter, who wrote, Why isn't care planning happening in the NHS?, for the Health Foundation. The blog discusses why care planning for people with long-term conditions isn't happening, despite the fact almost everyone agrees it should be.
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