Coalition for Collaborative Care - Issue 21
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Hello and welcome to the latest edition of our newsletter.

We have some great information to share with you all, including the fantastic evidence from Community Catalysts showing how their work with the communities of Somerset is resulting in real financial savings, plus events from the RSA on Health as a Social Movement and collaborations between GPs and geriatricians.

I am continually impressed by the work our partners do to further our vision of person-centred, collaborative care for people living with long-term conditions and their carers, and I am so pleased to be able to share it with you all.

I also know, there will be many more people, community groups and organisations out there that will be doing equally great work and we would love to hear from you. 

Thank you for taking the time to open and read this newsletter and it would be fantastic if you could also share among your networks, so we can share this important work even further.

I hope you enjoy reading.

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News and Events

Evidence Of Savings From Community Driven Approach

In 2014, Somerset Council commissioned Community Catalysts to use its proven five-step approach to increase the number of community micro-providers in the local market place offering individualised services to local people needing social care. As a result 160 small enterprises are now delivering highly personal and highly valued home help or home care services to Somerset. 

In late 2016 an early study of 35 West Somerset community providers was undertaken and the results demonstrated a considerable cost saving of 25 per cent when compared with more traditional alternatives. If this was applied to all of the providers in Somerset, the total savings would be £673, 560 and the saving to the local authority would be £377, 195. 

For more information on Community Catalysts work in Somerset, click here and for more information on the financial study, contact Angela Catley

British Geriatrics Society Seeks Feedback On Revised Guidance

The British Geriatrics Society (BGS) recently published their revised guidance on commissioning and providing health care in care homes. The guidance sets out principles of good practice so that every older person who lives in a care home in the UK has access to high quality healthcare which fully meets their needs. In the UK, 405,000 people over the age of 65 currently live in care homes, and their healthcare needs are complex and the average care home resident has multiple long-term conditions, and frailty.

Based on the clinical expertise of their members the guidance sets out clinical and service priorities for how best practice can be achieved and provides clear indicators of what successful delivery looks like for older people, their families and carers

BGS would welcome your feedback on the guidance, which you can send to Caroline Cooke,

Carers UK: Using Online NHS And Care Services To Improve Care

Carers UK has developed a briefing to look at the development of digital services, which have the potential to continue to improve carers' experience of arranging, managing and coordinating care, their ability to care for others and to look after their own health and wellbeing.

Carers UK believe the information strategy could completely transform carers' lives and make them easier by better transfers of information between different professionals and by having access to online services, which allows carers to do things in their own time. This is primary research among carers, which show potential benefits, but also challenges for carers around awareness of online services. 

Carers UK will continue to help raise awareness of the digital services currently available to carers, and work with others to see how the carers journey throughout health and social care could be improved with the use of digital platforms. 

You can read the briefing in full, here.

British Heart Foundation Extends House of Care Programme

The British Heart Foundation have extended funding to their five House of Care Programme sites in England and Scotland through to 2018.  The extension will allow the sites to support the embedding of care and support planning as routine care in existing practices for people with CVD and other LTCs as part of a multi-morbidity approach. To date across all five sites over 3500 people with CVD have participated in collaborative care and support planning conversations starting with the question “what matters to you?”

Extending the programme has allowed sites to include care and support planning into plans for sustainability and extend timescales for evaluation, meaning that patients will participate in two or more care and support planning conversations across lifetime of the programme.  BHF and NHS Newcastle Gateshead CCG presented current progress in the programme at the Long Term Conditions 2017 Conference in January.

More information about the programme can be found here

Connected Communities Approach Links Local Sites With China

The Centre for Citizenship and Community (CCC) is taking forward the partnership with the RSA and London School of Economics that produced Connected Communities, a five-year Big Lottery funded programme.

The partnership, which welcomes enquiries, interest, ideas on their work, currently stretches from 10 UK localities supporting the People's Health Trust Programme of Community Conversations, to Ningbo in China, where in partnership with Tsinghua University they are using Connected Communities in a three-year programme to develop an international framework for 'ageing in place'.  

Utilising the key elements of deliberative community engagement and social and community network analysis to support local interventions for inclusion and wellbeing, the partnership is working on a portfolio of seven programmes in a variety of public service and geographic areas to advance the evidence base in generating community capital, with dividends for wellbeing, citizenship, capacity and economic value. 

For more information contact Ellen Dobson.

Co-production Corner: Carer Research and Knowledge

C4CC Co-Production Group member, Mandy Rudczenko is involved in an Open University project on Carer Research and Knowledge. 

The project's main focus will be a comprehensive review of national and international carer-related knowledge and evidence. This will include policy and practice documents, research findings / summaries, national surveys, information from carer charities, relevant website, reports and consultations and academic work. The review will pull together all the carer-related knowledge providing an overview of its range, type and nature, plus inform the direction and nature of future research relating to carers and the development of effective ways to support carers.

The review outcomes will be published through a range of networks, and will involve the use of strategies including regular consultation with carers, those using services, carers organisations, GPs and many more. It will also be used to develop a new fully accessible carer digital resource in partnership with the Social Care Institute for Excellence, entitled 'Care Act 2014: a directory for carers and practitioners', due for release in June 2017.

To find out more about this programme, contact Dr Mary Larkin

New Models of MSK Masterclass

NHS England, with its national partners and organisations are collaborating to establish new models of Musculo-Skeletal (MSK) care for promoting health and wellbeing.

The webinar, taking place at midday on Friday 10 February, looks at how current service provision for people with MSK conditions can be built on and improved. It is aimed at MSK Professionals and commissioners, primary and secondary care workers, CCGs and healthcare providers.

Register for the webinar here.

Joining Up Care: Frailty

A joint report from Royal College of General Practitioners and British Geriatrics Society has showcased how GPs and geriatricians are collaborating to design and lead innovative schemes to improve the provision of integrated care for older people with frailty.

The report highlights 13 case studies from across the UK, ranging from schemes to help older people remain active and independent to those providing better services in the community.

Read the report in full here.

Health as a Social Movement

The RSA will be holding regional events aimed at senior managers responsible for service transformation and engagement over the next few months. 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. 

Events will be held in Manchester on 22 February, Newcastle on 28 February, Midlands and Birmingham on 7 March and South and London on 9 March. For further information, contact Tom Harrison.

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