There is a well-established case for involving communities and people with lived experience in health and care policy, service design and delivery. NHS England guidance on working in partnership with communities highlights the financial benefits and improvements to quality and health outcomes that working with local communities brings.
Good health should be fundamental to all our lives. But that is not the case for too many people living in England. In most instances, poor health arises from living with a least one of 6 major health conditions. That is why we have taken the decision to develop a major conditions strategy - a blueprint for improving outcomes over the next 5 years covering cancer, heart disease, musculoskeletal disorders, mental ill-health, dementia and respiratory diseases.
South Asian Health Action is a national charity that supports the physical and mental health needs of the local South Asian community. SAHA is a patient, carer and community led charity based in Leicester with reach in Leeds and London. They aim to address the lack of South Asian voices to address health inequalities, diversity and inclusion and also to work with other members in collaboration. Their main partners are the NHS, racialised minoritized, patients, community organisations, faith organisations, research and medical institutions.
Carers UK recently published a new report which looks at "what good looks like", as well as areas for improvement, regarding carers' assessments, with a particular focus on the experiences of carers from communities who face additional barriers and other health inequalities. The report's aim is to stimulate conversation around the unique challenges faced by carers from underrepresented backgrounds and make recommendations on how to best support them – especially Black, Asian and minority ethnic carers and LGBTQ+ carers.
The need for action to improve the nation’s health: making England a healthier place to live and work
Many people recognise that both the NHS and the health of the nation are in deep crisis. Whether we look at life expectancy, levels of long-term ill-health, inequalities, mental health or the drivers of poor health such as obesity, England’s recent record is poor and often compares badly to its neighbours.
Between 2019 and 2022, the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University undertook research on behalf of the Centre for Ageing Better, Leeds City Council (LCC) and the Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) into the effectiveness of the neighbourhood network (NN) model in the City of Leeds.
Actions to support partnership Addressing barriers to working with the VCSE sector in integrated care systems
This report provides an overview of the key actions required to tackle barriers and challenges to better partnership working between integrated care systems (ICS) and the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector. It identifies ways of working that can help mitigate barriers and facilitate solutions, and systemic actions that can help embed and spread good practice.
Tackling the cost of living crisis and impacts on health and wellbeing: Key actions health and care policy makers, commissioners and provider organisations can take
This resource, launched by members of the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance, discusses how the ongoing cost of living crisis is having a significant impact on health and wellbeing, with particularly acute challenges being faced by those who already experience health inequalities.