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Your Health Creation Autumn Newsletter
After a hugely busy 2022 in which we made a big splash with our bold assertion that ‘Health Creation is Coming of Age’, 2023 has been a quieter year for The Health Creation Alliance (THCA). It has been no less busy though as we focus on the future and prepare for a louder 2024!
This year, THCA has been ‘Coming of Age’ as an organisation. While the most visible change has been the appointment of Prof Durka Dougall as our new Chair, we have been busy enhancing our operations, developing how we work with our Active Members and evolving our Health Creation narrative to better reflect the changing landscape. We have also been reflecting on the important role THCA has and will continue to play and how we ‘ready’ ourselves for the future.
We want our Active Members to continue to contribute to the conversation. If you have ideas and would like to have an input into how we enhance the role of THCA going forward, or if you have thoughts on steps that might support us grow and have a bigger impact, please get in touch with me: email@example.com
All this is in addition to our systems-facing work, including supporting systems change in Surrey, North Yorkshire and West Yorkshire, as well as our continuing work with the Core20PLUS Connectors Programme in several ICSs. This provides both the opportunity for us to embed the rich wisdom of our wider membership on the ground, working with you locally to support systems change, and to secure income that enables us to connect with our members and develop our national movement work and voice of our members further. This two-way investment is the reciprocity – between our brilliant members and core team – that provides the energy that powers us and makes change possible. It is at the heart of the THCA model and is what makes us different; we want to develop it further with you through THCA Coming of Age.
Thank you! And enjoy your newsletter.
Our ‘Voices for Change’ work …How to tackle health inequalities
A National Health Executive Podcast from THCA
In this engaging podcast (episode 35) Prof. Durka Dougall, and Dr Andy Knox MBE, GP and associate medical director population health for Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS, discuss health inequalities, population health, public health, Health Creation and everything in between.
A recent blog
The Who, What, When, Where, Why?… of making decisions with communities
This blog captures the essence of Merron’s address to The Kings Fund Conference on Community-led Approaches to Health and Wellbeing that took place on 19 July 2023. Read the blog here.Advancing Health CreationContribution to two Kings Fund conferences
Flagship Annual Conference:
Community-led approaches to tackling cancer inequalities
On 2 November THCA will contribute to an in-person breakfast session on the second day of the two-day Kings Fund Annual Conference. Participants at this session will learn, among other things, more about developing a community-led approach to designing and delivering services from diagnosis to treatment.
For anyone interested in attending the two day event, you can book your place here.
An opportunity to transform health and care
The Health Creation Alliance is also supporting The Kings Fund´s in-person Population Health event on 18 October 2023 at which Merron will contribute to a panel discussion. She will share her thoughts on how a Health Creation paradigm can support the Population Health approach, and how it might be built into Population Health Management.
For our members we have secured a 20% discount for anyone that wishes to attend the one-day event. For more information and to book your place please visit Eventbrite and use the code PopHealth20 when checking out .
Discover and learn with us
An insight into some of the work of THCA
Digging deeper to help create spaces for community and patient wellbeing
“We are grateful to THCA for the care they have taken to engage with less well-heard communities and to dig deep into what people told them. The depth and breadth of insight this report provides will help inform our decision-making across our business”. Rhea Horlock, Head of Corporate Social responsibiltity, NHSPS
NHS Property Services (NHSPS) wanted to expand and enhance its recently established NHS Open Space service to enable more customers and communities the opportunity to use its spaces in ways that work for them.
However, an inherent ´trust deficit´ between minority and marginalised communities and the system impacted on the ability of the NHSPS to secure deep insights into the needs and assets of these communities.
What we did
The Health Creation Alliance was commissioned by NHSPS to dig deep with minority and marginalised communities about what it is about community space that helps or hinders communities to create health.
How we did it
Our membership supported us connect with minority and marginalised communities who contributed to our research, the outputs of which informed Creating spaces for community and patient wellbeing, a report launched in partnership with NHSPS.
85 research participants from 10 minority and marginalised communities.Groundbreaking 42-page report, supported by a four-page summary reportLaunch attended by 55 people, video of launch downloaded 83 timesDirect dissemination of report to over 2,000 stakeholdersMedia opportunities to see key messages about the report reaching more than 500,000Over 500 downloads to date from our or the NHSPS site.
Health Creation Discovery Learning Programmes for NHS
Supporting systems change on the ground
We can offer ICSs, Local Authorities, VCSE, housing organisation and others a growing range of options that support them to adopt and embed Health Creation to reduce health inequalities. We call this ‘Discovery Learning’ because the journey of discovery is important and is what makes the change possible. Wherever you and your system partners are on this journey, there is always something more to learn.
Learning from all our work over the last seven years has been incorporated into our Discovery Leaning Programme for ICSs.
Please take a look and share this with your colleagues and get in touch for a conversation with Neil on firstname.lastname@example.org if it prompts any ideas for how we might support your system to make the necessary changes.
Dates for the diary
Share your learning and insight into evaluating community and community-led activities
As part of THCA´s support offer for the Core20PLUS Connectors Programme, we are hosting a workshop for the Connector Sites on different approaches they can adopt to evaluate and demonstrate the impact of their work. We want to ground this firmly on the experience of our members who have been involved in the evaluation of community and community led activities.
We are therefore hosting two one-hour digital workshops to which we invite any of our members who would like to share their experience, or learn from the experience of others. The two dates and joining details are below.
Pop the date and time in your diary and we look forward to learning from your experience.
Wednesday 25 October 2023 @ 13.00
Join here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83231124652
Tuesday 31 October@ 13:00
Join here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82714990268
A big thank you to all those partners that support us in our ambition to make Health Creation business as usual across the health and care system!