Developing plans for session 2

Photo of handout titled 'Key points from Dudley so far'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:

  1. Information: To join up the ‘VCSE offer’ resulting in a better information base to agree health priorities and access services from
  2. Impact: To demonstrate the VCSE contribution to the patient experience
  3. 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.


Diagnostic session

Photo of horses in car parkDudley’s diagnostic session took place on 18 March 2013, with 22 people taking part.

A surprise as we arrived at the venue, INSIGHT House, was that 3 horses had decided the car park was a great place to be, and the police had cordoned off the entrance!

This didn’t stop us though. We soon got started and found out that the objectives of the morning were to: 

  • Understand the programme, the context and the logistics
  • Get to know each other
  • Establish a baseline for evaluating Building Health Partnerships in Dudley
  • Share perspectives on national and local context of commissioning of health and care services
  • Jointly identify problems and begin to explore 

We began with discussions in small groups identifying the experience and skills we each bought to the programme, and what would be needed to keep us hooked in. An overview of responses is provided in the notes from the session available to download.

Photo of picture postcards spread out on a tableNext we considered ‘what does good partnership look like?’ Everyone was invited to look at an array of picture postcards and individually select one which illustrated what partnership working well in Dudley looks like, and another which illustrated partnership working at its worst. This was a really useful activity as it enabled people to hear each other’s perspectives as they explained their choices of postcards. It also surfaced common aspirations and concerns between people from different organisations incompletely different roles.



Baseline position

We then worked in groups to develop a baseline for Building Health Partnerships in Dudley. Taking in to account ratings from all groups, we positioned ourselves in relation to the following statements:

  • The CCG is meaningfully engaged with the community: 4 out of 10
  • There is trust and understanding between VCSE, CCG , Health and Wellbeing Board/the Council: 3 out of 10
  • Senior Staff show leadership in transforming health commissioning and delivery: 5 out of 10
  • VCSE is effectively engaged in health commissioning and delivery: 3 out of 10
  • There are opportunities to share learning and experience of effective approaches to cross sector health commissioning: 3 out of 10

We listened to short presentations from Paul Maubach (Chief Officer, Dudley CCG), Brendan Clifford (Assistant Director, Dudley MBC) and Andy Gray (Chief Officer, Dudley CVS) about the local picture from their perspectives.

Following this we were led through an activity to develop some potential objectives for our work over the coming months. Three themes bubbled up from a variety of ideas: bringing information sources together; engagement; and research, evaluation and impact of the VCSE.

Getting started – invitations

photo of a crowd of peopleHaving received the great news that Dudley had been selected as a learning site in the Building Health Partnerships programme, we then had the difficult task of putting together a short invitation list of people to be involved in the development sessions. It’s not easy to do this, as of course we wanted everyone to have the opportunity to be involved!

Dudley CVS, Dudley CCG and Dudley MBC were each asked to put forward between 5 and 10 names. Dudley CCG were asked to invite colleagues from across the NHS, and Dudley CVS identified a number of people from voluntary organisations. community groups and social enterprises. We tried to achieve a balance of organisations who have been commissioned or contracted to deliver services and a few who hadn’t. The who is involved page contains a full list of all invitees. Not everyone on the list has been able to get involved. Notes from the sessions include participant lists.