Coalition for Collaborative Care - Issue 20
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Hello and welcome to our first newsletter of 2017.

We are starting the year by welcoming two new members of staff at the Coalition's hub team. Angela Boyle is joining us in the role of Head of Programmes and Kristi Adams, who has been providing cover in the role of Senior Co-production Advisor for some time, has now been formally appointed to the role. We hope you join us in welcoming them to the hub team.

On behalf of the Coalition, I also want to extend our congratulations to Alex Fox of C4CC partner, Shared LIves Plus, who received an OBE in the New Year Honours List for his services to social care.

Yet again, our newsletter is full of great news and events from our partners, including a fantastic blog from Better Lives for People in Leeds, with some very simple tips on how you can get to know your community better. We also have a spotlight on one of our Co-production Group members, Trevor Fossey, who does some fantastic work for us and others.

We are really excited for everything 2017 has to bring for us and our partners and we will be working hard to continue to bring you the news that can help you to help us achieve our vision of person-centred, collaborative care for people living with long-term conditions. Remember to get in touch with any initiatives in your area so we can share to inspire and encourage further work. 

Happy New Year to you all - I hope you enjoy reading.

Community               Conversation               Co-production

News and Events

New VCSE Health and Wellbeing Programme

A new voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) Health and Wellbeing Programme has been developed following the VCSE review to enable the Department of Health, NHS England and Public Health England to work together with VCSE organisations to drive transformation of health and care systems to promote equality and address health inequalities and help people, families and communities to achieve and maintain wellbeing.

The first component of the programme is a new VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance, which replaces the existing strategic partner programme. It will facilitate integrated working between the voluntary and statutory sectors and continue to build on productive and transparent relationships with the VCSE sector.

Applications to join the new Alliance are now open - further information and details of upcoming webinars can be found here. The closing date for applications is noon on 22 February 2017.

Lessons From Big Local Residents

New research from IVAR, the Institute for Voluntary Action Research and commissioned by Local Trust looks at the collaboration between health agencies and local communities to improve community health and wellbeing.

The study, People, Places and Health Agencies: Lessons from Big Local Residents, collected the experience of seven out of 150 communities in England that are part of Big Local, a resident-led programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund and delivered by Local Trust.

Each community receives at least £1m over 10 years and residents make decisions about what their needs are and how to meet them - many are prioritising health and the research found that these areas offer health agencies a channel for strategic engagement with communities. They can help by connecting residents to agencies and hosting discussions or co-production events to find health solutions that meet local needs and deliver health promotion messages through a multitude of community activities.

Read the publication in full here

National Voices - Personal Heath Budget Network Events

The Voluntary and Community Sector has an exciting opportunity to take a central role in supporting Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) around personal health budgets, and enabling greater choice, control and flexibility to people who are interested in using them.

Voluntary Voices, supported by NHS England, are creating learning and support networks enabling VCSE organisations to understand the support they can offer and working in partnership with CCGs.

The last regional event in the Day 1 series of the network events is the South East (Surrey and surrounding areas) network and will take place on Tuesday 31 January 2017 in London. If you live outside of the South East and missed earlier opportunities for the Day 1 series in your area, there is a second opportunity to attend. Please contact Hannah West for more information on events in East of England, North of England, Midlands and London and South

Regional Events - Health As A Social Movement

Building on the agenda set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View, Health as a Social Movement is a three year programme funded by NHS England. This seminar series is part of the RSA’s offer to support the spread of learning with the six vanguards – enabling local areas to develop approaches that could be scaled or adapted and adopted in other communities.

The event is aimed at senior managers responsible for service transformation and engagement. It is of particular relevance to all NHS Trusts and New Care Model vanguard sites, but is open and relevant to other health and care providers, including voluntary organisations.  It is suitable for organisations that have strategic and established community engagement activities and for those developing activities.

Events will be held in Manchester, Newcastle, Midlands and Birmingham and South and London. For further information, please contact Tom Harrison

Building Community Capacity

The next Building Community Capacity event from Think Local, Act Personal, will be held on Wednesday 25 January 2017. It will be an extended meeting with speakers including Sam Bennett, Head of Integrated Personal Commissioning at NHS England, explaining how integrated personal commissioning fits with building community capacity. Nesta and Sheffield Cycling will also be joining us to discuss their inclusive projects. 

To find out more about the Building Community Capacity Practitioners Network, click here, and to book a place at the next meeting, click here.

Speaking the Language of Self Care

Chief Nursing Officer for England, Professor Jane Cummings explains in a blog for NHS England, on why it is so important to get the language right when it comes to supported self-care.

Language can have a profound impact on people, both for those who give care and those who receive it. In the recently established Supported Self Care Programme, they have worked closely with people with lived experience, who explained that some of the terms used so often are laden with problems, including what the term 'self care' means. 

Read more about how the programme is tackling the issue of language here.

How Getting To Know Communities Helps Strength Based Social Care

A blog,  How Getting To Know The Community You Work In Helps Strength Based Social Care, posted on Betters Lives for People in Leeds starts with a quote from Mick Ward, Deputy Director Integrated Commissioning, Adult Social Care, Leeds City Council and Leeds North Clinical Commissioning Group. He says "You can't know what a person or community needs, until they first know what they have."

The blog discusses how strength-based social care will be difficult to achieve unless staff, whether they work for the council, NHS or a commissioned service, know what is happening in their local area or neighbourhood.

There are a few things that can be done to build this knowledge including walking the streets, going to local events, knowing your local organisations and who the community connectors are, networking and being 'local' even if it isn't where you live. To

read this and more, click here

Co-production Corner: Spotlight on Trevor Fossey

Trevor Fossey has been a member of the C4CC Co-production group since the beginning and also holds the role of Shadow Co-chair and has recently been selected as one of 10 people on an NHS England pilot coaching offer.

He is actively involved in a number of national programmes, including the Q community – an initiative led by the Health Foundation and NHS Improvement, where he will join 445 others from across the UK. Together with people at the front line of care, commissioners, policymakers and more, the community will provide a vibrant source of innovation and practical problem solving for the whole system.
Trevor is also passionate about online access to GP records. After meeting a senior executive recently, he is investigating how C4CC’s Co-production Group can provide input about the functionality people would like to see in the systems used.
The Co-production Group is made up of people just as driven and inspired as Trevor. To learn more about them click here or email to see how the group could help you work more co-productively.

Using System Leadership to Shape Change

National Voices’ Wellbeing Our Way programme is hosting an event which will explore systems leadership led by Debbie Sorkin, National Director of Systems Leadership at The Leadership Centre.

‘Using Systems Leadership to Shape Change’ takes place 10.30am–1pm on Tuesday 24 January in Manchester, and is open to new and existing members of Wellbeing Our Way in Greater Manchester. 

For more information on Wellbeing Our Way in Greater Manchester, including how to get involved, contact Emma Baylin.

National Council for Palliative Care Conference
The National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) has announced the details of its next conference, taking place on Friday 10 March 2017 in London. 

Getting Real About the National Commitment will be the first event looking in depth at the National Commitment on End of Life Care, with a range of speakers and workshops to help participants understand both the Commitment and the work programmes it has created.

For more information, please click here.


Muskulo-skeletal conditions Webinar Series 
Following the published Green Paper on 'Improving Lives - the Work, Health and Disability', a webinar is being held as part of a public consultation to identify how and where current services and support can be improved as policy proposals for improving MSK services are developed.

The webinar, at 12pm - 1pm on Friday 27 January 2017 is specifically aimed at people who live with or care for people with a MSK condition.

For more information and to register, click here.
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