Patient and community network

The patient and community network allows you to get involved with, and influence, decisions about local health services. The network also provides an opportunity for patient groups to share good practice and support each other’s development.

Our aim is to develop a stronger network of engagement and work with the community to engage in ways that suit their needs.

Network members have been involved in setting up groups, creating newsletters, attending local events and inviting groups to the practices. The aim is to listen to the community and to share key health information as well as learn about the work each group is doing to improve services at their practice.

The network has a planned calendar of meetings and events for the year – including an open public event during national patient participation awareness week. Topics covered by the network this year have included equitable funding for primary care, Bradford Beating Diabetes, development of the People’s Board, continuing healthcare and primary care access, development of the network training programme.

A key outcome of the networks has been to establish a Community Chest fund to encourage patients and practices with good ideas to bid for small amounts of funding to get their ideas off the ground and to help make the city a healthier place.   The funding helps to improve the health of their community; get people involved in their practice; and to help people look after their own health through self-care.

Community chest projects that started this year, and will continue into 2016/17, include:

  • wellness recovery action plans,
  • social prescribing pilot with 18 practices,  
  • Bradford’s Healthy Hearts engagement,
  • health packs for women and people who are homeless,and,
  • intensive support for people at high risk of long-term conditions.

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