‘Commissioning for Community Development for Health’ explores the idea that there are many decision-makers in the health system who want to strengthen community action, but have no model for how to start going about it.
This research-based publication addresses this need and provides a framework for action, starting in priority neighbourhoods.
It offers a systematic approach to increasing resident involvement in health-giving activity, mutual aid and community effectiveness across a Clinical Commissioning Group area, and provides the tools to get it going.
- a down-to-earth explanation of what community development is and does
- where it fits in to current health policy
- the kinds of health benefit that these methods can generate
- a rationale for partnership with other local services to boost community activity
- mobilising participation through all community groups and networks
- addressing both health and care and the social determinants of health
- making services more responsive to communities
- designing a two to five year community strengthening strategy
- phasing the work across the CCG, starting with priority neighbourhoods
- what skills should be sought in recruiting project leader and staff
- model contract for provision of the community development project
- model baselines, milestones and key performance indicators
- reconciling planned outcomes and objective evaluation with scope for flexible fieldwork method.
The Handbook has been endorsed by the Royal College of GPs and Think Local Act Personal (TLAP).