There are new sections, with all the sections easily identified by large colourful icon menu buttons. Sections include care and support, transport, learning, money, and sport and leisure. Each section has a helpful overview and clearly signposted sub-sections. It looks like a really good resource, now with an embedded NHS choices box up front on the home page, making searching for GP, dentist and pharmacies really easy.
Through Building Health Partnerships we are seeking to develop an evidence base which can inform promotion and wide use of the Community Information Directory. We are asking people with different interests and roles to give feedback on using it, and we have developed a few questions to guide conversations. If you’d like to give us your feedback, please visit the directory and have a look around, try searching for something you’re interested in. You can then give us feedback by leaving a reply on this blog post, or completing a short online survey. Or if you prefer to jot things down, you can download and print off a copy of the survey – please return it to Dale Pickin, Dudley CVS, 7 Albion Street, Brierley Hill, DY5 3EE.
Who we will be asking to give feedback
Helen and Rob from Dudley CCG) will be asking Patient Participation Group members for feedback. Dudley CCG will also ask a group of GPs to look at and comment on the Community Information Directory and ways that it might be utilised in GP practices.
Andy Gray will be asking Dudley CVS staff to use the survey with groups and local residents, and inviting Dudley CVS Board members to give feedback. Dudley CVS have also emailed their members inviting them to complete the online survey.
We’re running a session on the Community Information Directory at Dudley Carers Forum in February.
The Healthwatch Dudley Team will be asking their board members and volunteers for feedback.
Jody Pritchard from the Office of Public Health will ask some Health Trainers to give feedback and colleagues in adult social care will be asked to gather feedback from people they support.
When we’ve analysed the feedback we’ll share it on this blog.
The national Building Health Partnerships programme team have produced a couple of updates to give a flavour of progress with the programme. The following is from an email they circulated to us.
Emerging actions from learning sites
The Emerging actions report provides a snapshot of some of the action planned across the 12 learning sites. It is not intended to give a comprehensive overview of all the exciting work you’ve got planned, but a flavour of the work across the programme. As it is a snapshot do be aware that action may now have moved on or changed focus slightly.
An update on the Expert Led Seminars which have taken place or are planned to take place. In future bulletins the programme team will share some of the learning, resources and presentations from these sessions so far.
Thursday 19 September, 9.30am-1pm
This session is being developed and delivered by Dudley CCG, Dudley CVS and Summit House Support. We will focus on the local action plan relating to data and evidence which the voluntary sector can collect and share for commissioning purposes.
Friday 27 September, 9.30am-12.30pm
This will be an Expert Learning session, topic yet to be decided.
It provides step by step advice in considerable detail, which looks transferable to other organisations.
Thanks to Building Health Partnerships for tweeting the link. If you have a look at the document, leave us a comment below letting us know what you think of it. What interests you? What’s useful? What could we learn from this in Dudley?
The local action plan is shaping up thanks to contributions during the session.
The overall aims for Building Health Partnerships in Dudley are:
To develop collective and inclusive engagement structures
To gather and share information, evidence, insights and learning
To promote collaboration and asset-based approaches
Activity is planned in two areas, as follows.
Activity will be undertaken to develop a better information base about what local voluntary and community organisations and social enterprises offer. Information will be drawn together in to a system which GPs and others can use to signpost to trusted services and activities provided through the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. Ideally this will build on an existing Community Information Directory maintained by Dudley Libraries Service.
2. Collective and inclusive engagement structures
Activity will be undertaken to identify data and evidence (qualitative and quantitative) around health and related needs which is or could be collected by local voluntary and community organisations and social enterprises, and shared through processes such as the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment for Dudley borough. Consideration will be given to ways that the CCG can engage voluntary, and community groups and social enterprises to influence commissioning and promote co-production in all stages of the commissioning cycle, using data and evidence which they collect.
Illustration from Dudley CCG’s Communication and Engagement Strategy
Following the diagnostic session a few of us met with Charlotte Pace to develop plans for the second session. Officers who are the local leads for Building Health Partnerships were involved in this small planning meeting (Andy Gray and Lorna Prescott from Dudley CVS, and Helen Ashford from Dudley CCG, Paul Maubach was unable to attend).
The main focus of the planning meeting was consideration of the emerging priorities from the diagnostic session. We worked to shape something tangible for programme partners to consider and shape during the their seocond session together.
Broadly, we came up with these three objectives:
Information: To join up the ‘VCSE offer’ resulting in a better information base to agree health priorities and access services from
Impact: To demonstrate the VCSE contribution to the patient experience
Collective and inclusive engagement structures: To influence commissioning and support co-production by engaging the VCSE at all stages of the commissioning cycle
Charlotte took these away to do further work on a framework for use in the development session.