Season’s Greetings to all, from Health Creation Alliance
The last year has seen big changes in Alliance’s work and the landscape in which we develop. It has been exciting and satisfying to see that the ideas of Health Creation have become more accepted across both the NHS and LAs. The concepts of Contact, Confidence and Control appear in documents across many sectors and there are now many debates around power. Our contacts with organisations demonstrate that they are open to help tackle health inequalities which continue to blight our country. This aspect of our work will be expanded and focused over the next year. We hope to work with PCNs, STPs/ICSs, local authorities, housing and others to understand local and national understanding change through these eyes. That is a tribute to our members’ work and to the power of the truths we are promoting.
At the same time, there is much more work to do. Translating these ideas into grassroots change is yet to happen in many places. Our collaboration with NHS England and NHS Improvement may well help that spread and we look forward to that continuing.
We know that work with communities in a health creative way cannal issues, how they combine in a place, and how they may be tackled through multi-sectoral interventions.
There is all to play for – we are at a time of great change post-election. Health Creation Alliance is well-placed
with our new Patron, Lord Victor Adebowale, to help with delivering positive change for people and
communities across the nation.
The 12 Days of a Health Creating Christmas and New Year
As the dust settles on the 2019 general election the focus shifts to a new government that has ensured
that the electorate is conscious of the need for investment into health and care. We all know that the
issues are more than additional investment.
So here’s ‘Twelve Christmas actions for a health creating New Year’ by Peter Hay, enjoy!
Three events: How can Primary Care Networks succeed in reducing health
Emerging Primary Care Networks (PCNs) will be expected to deliver ‘locally agreed action to tackle health
inequalities’ by 2021. The good news is they don’t have to do it alone. There are many opportunities to
develop a new dynamic in the relationship between primary care, the communities they serve and other
local partners to improve population health.
Health Creation Alliance and RCGP Health Inequalities Standing Group are hosting a series of events to explore
in some depth how PCNs can best lead and support these changes. The events are supported by NHS
England and NHS Improvement and a range of partner organisations.
To find out more about each event and reserve your ticket, please click on your preferred event and complete the details on eventbrite:
• Manchester, 11th February
• Birmingham, 26th February
• Bristol, 31st March
Read Merron Simpson’s blog here (you will need to scroll down): Get to know your neighbours (or
you face a lonely struggle)
North Yorkshire Health Creation Group – 14th February 2020
We’re delighted to tell you that one of our active members, Lisa Holden, is holding a meeting in February
to gauge the appetite for a Health Creation group in North Yorkshire.
If you want to learn more about Health Creation, asset-based and community-centred approaches, how
‘experts by experience’ can be valuable partners in creating community health and about the national
Movement for Health Creation, then come and meet like-minded people on 1-3pm on Friday 14th February.
The meeting will be led by Lisa with contributions from Merron Simpson, CEO and Brian Fisher, Chair of
the Health Creation Alliance.
The meeting will take place in Malton, North Yorkshire, and the venue details will be available shortly.
Please let Lisa know you will attend by emailing her on firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to explore starting a Health Creation group in your area we’d love to hear from you and
support you. Please contact Lynne Bowers on email@example.com
Get Health Creation Done – our Manifesto for a new government
Following our Annual Member Day on 16th October, at which members considered what our ‘ask’ might be for a new government, we have published this Manifesto.
Please feel free to tweet about it using http://bit.ly/NNHSA
Prevention Green Paper – Health Creation Alliance response
Click here to view the: Health Creation Alliance submission to Dept of Health and Social Care on the
Prevention Green Paper
This was based on many examples and findings that our members have provided over the years. Thanks
too, to Birmingham Mind Experts Group for providing input to the questions on mental health.
We have been invited to attend a meeting with DH&SC about this submission to the Prevention Green
Paper once things have settled following the election.