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WCN health & wellbeing news update

On this page, we'll feature all the latest news that's relevant to the health & wellbeing sector in Westminster.

Health and Wellbeing Network Meeting November 2018

Health and Wellbeing Network Meeting November 2018

The inaugural meeting for the Westminster wide VCS was held on the 13 November 2018. There were 38 people in attendance representing 30 VCS organisations through-out Westminster. The presentations and the personal specification for the Chair of the network can be viewed below. 

Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Network Personal Specification

Bump Start Perinatal Presentation

Meeting Notes for Health and Wellbeing Network meeting Nov.2018

Personalisation presentation

Health & Wellbeing Conference Notes: Setting the agenda-Finding solutions to the health and wellbeing challenges in Westminster

Health & Wellbeing Conference Notes: Setting the agenda-Finding solutions to the health and wellbeing challenges in Westminster

One Westminster and Partners hosted a Westminster wide charity and community groups conference to start conversations pertaining to finding solutions to the health and wellbeing challenges in Westminster. In attendance were representatives from thirty-one Westminster charities and community groups. A video was shown explaining what social prescribing does and it’s benefits, using the Crawley experience: “A new wave in prescribing”. 
 
The speakers prepared the ground for this important conversation by giving a frame work to the direction of the discussions. 
 
Natalie Castro from One Westminster spoke about the Befriend Services in Westminster, focusing on older people’s Befriending service. Steve Curry from Hillingdon Hospice spoke about the development of a collaborative service that improves the health and wellbeing of residents in Hillingdon called H4ALL where they succeeded in simplifying access to the extensive preventative resources provided by third sector organisations and promoting alternative community-based assets and support. Zilda Tandy from The Listening Place spoke about suicide prevention and the success of the work the trained volunteers have had on lowering suicide rates through the unique service offered. Rachel Akehurst from Caxton Youth Organisation spoke about the empowering support services offered at Caxton’s. Rachel focused specifically on the work the service is currently doing for young people with autism as the rates of diagnosis has more than doubled in recent years and additional pressures have being placed on children and young people services. Jackie Rosenberg updated participants on the Multi-speciality Community Provider contract. 
 
This was followed on by workshops looking at two questions:
 
1)What do you think the key barriers are to getting social prescription embedded in everyday practice? 2)  What are the challenges in working collaboratively to help embed our work into health and social care to create empowering & valuable partnerships? 
 
Representatives reported:

“Clear and concise presentations. Good networking opportunities” 
“Good selection of speakers and interesting discussions”
“I learnt a lot today – about new policy / funding changes” 
“Very useful, I would like to come to more events” 
“I’m aware of more appropriate local services” 
“Workshops were productive”
“We shared challenges faced as a sector” 

The Westminster wide Health and Wellbeing Network meeting will have its next meeting in November 2018. An exact date will be confirmed in the near future.

You can view the presentations below and send any additional feedback and queries to support@onewestminster.org.uk 
 

Making sense of Social Prescribing

Making sense of Social Prescribing

Social prescribing necessitates working across professional boundaries. Social prescribing was highlighted in the General Practice Forward View as a mechanism to support more integration of primary care with wider health and care systems to reduce demand on stretched primary care services.

Social prescribing schemes also help to integrate services and make improvements in the social and economic determinants of health. As with many ventures, it started in a beautifully organic way, with local solutions to suit local need and aspirations to develop health creating communities. Some structured sharing of knowledge and best practice is now essential to support people to develop new social prescribing ventures, and to make the best use of the resources that are available.

Making sense of social prescribing

Westminster's Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2017 - 2022

Westminster's Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2017 - 2022

The Health and Wellbeing board has published its Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Westminster for 2017-2022. This is a strategy for everybody who lives in, works in and visits Westminster. It sets out how people, public services, businesses and voluntary and community groups will all play their part in creating a city in which everyone has access to the best opportunities to be healthy and well. Click on the link directly below to read the full study.

Health and Wellbeing Strategy for 2017-2022

Health and Wellbeing Board

Health and Wellbeing Board

At a recent meeting of the Westminster Health and Wellbeing Board the following papers were distributed outlining, among a variety of topics, the NHS five-year strategic vision and NHS Planning Guidance that  asks all health and care systems to create comprehensive local blueprints for implementing and delivering the priorities of the five-year forward view.

Also available below are two interesting reports:

  • The Kings Fund – Place Based Systems of Care (2015) details how the NHS and local government  can  address the increasing pressures on health and wellbeing
  • The Kings Fund – Integrated Care – Improving Outcomes by Working Together (2012)  proposes that integrated care is essential for meeting demographic challenges faced by the NHS and local government.

PROGRESS WITH NHS SUSTAINABILITY AND TRANSFORMATION PLANS

PROGRESS WITH NHS SUSTAINABILITY AND TRANSFORMATION PLANS

The NHS’s plans to implement a new approach to help ensure that health and care services are built around the needs of local populations is taking shape. To implement these proposed plans, every health and care system in England will produce a multi-year Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), showing how local services will evolve and become sustainable over the next five years – ultimately delivering the Five Year Forward View vision of better health, better patient care and improved NHS efficiency.

Below you can click on three attachments for more detailed information.

How are STPs BEING DEVELOPED IN PRACTICE

How are STPs BEING DEVELOPED IN PRACTICE

STPs explained

NUFFIELD TRUST ON How the STP plans are coming together

At the heart of health: Realising the value of people and communities

At the heart of health: Realising the value of people and communities

This new report from the Realising the Value consortium explores the value of people and communities at the heart of health, in support of the NHS Five Year Forward View vision to develop a new relationship with people and communities. 

VCSE review

VCSE review

The government’s report on how voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations contribute to wellbeing, health and care is now available to read here.

Mental Health Emergency Number

Mental Health Emergency Number

For those in urgent need of support for mental health crises, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust has launched a single point of access telephone number, which replaces existing local referral points into adult mental health services in the north-west London boroughs of Brent, Harrow, Hillingdon, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster.

The trust recommends that people first ring their GPs, but if this is not possible to call:

0800 0234 650

This number is available 24 hours a day , seven days a week 365 days a year for information, support and advice.