Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Day 18: Wow! Newham Community Engagement

Spent today in Newham with colleagues from many different local organisations hearing about, seeing and experiencing their patient/public engagement activities, Healthy Communities initiatives and Community Prescription Service. The CCG in Newham is contracting with a range of accredited voluntary sector organisations to provide healthy lifestyle and community project support to patients at risk of diabetes. Future work will include providing a pathway for patients with mental health needs.  You can read a bit more about this here: http://www.newhamccg.nhs.uk/Downloads/About%20Us/Papers%20from%20previous%20meetings/10%20July%202013/L3%2020130710%20Newham%20Community%20Prescription.pdf

The approach they are taking to building capacity and resilience in the voluntary sector for the benefit of patients & communities is truly inspirational. The clear leadership and identifying long term goals across organisations has contributed to their success. 

The highlight of the day was participating in a Smovey class run by Age UK Newham (Google it!).