A new framework to help Health and Wellbeing Boards across England to build stronger local communities and capacity for self-management has been published by Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) and Public Health England.
Developing the Power of Strong, Inclusive Communities sets out a strategy, which can be adapted locally, for how Health and Wellbeing Boards and partners can meet the new wellbeing and prevention duties in the Care Act, fulfil obligations around integration of health and social care and respond to ongoing pressure on public finances by harnessing the capacity of people and communities.
The Framework has been tested and refined by seven Health and Wellbeing Boards across England, and brings together the wealth of learning and the growing evidence base around community capacity building, including from TLAP’s own work over the last four years.
Sam Bennett, Director of TLAP, a partnership focused on transforming health and care through personalised, community-based support said:
“This framework will help Health and Wellbeing boards fundamentally rethink how people, communities and services can more effectively and efficiently work together to enable people with health and care needs to live better lives. We are pleased that in partnership with Public Health England (PHE), we will be continuing to support Health and Wellbeing Boards to make the development of strong and inclusive communities integral to their work.”
TLAP and PHE will host regional events to support Health and Wellbeing Boards to think about how they can use the framework to support delivery of their local priorities. They will also establish a practitioners’ network to bring together all those working in this space to build a comprehensive picture of activity, identify gaps and synergies and develop a robust evidence base and outcome measuring approach to building community capacity.
TLAP resources to support building community capacity: tools, methodologies, evaluations, research, cost effective evaluations, case studies and an interactive ‘how to’ guide