Ensuring a comprehensive approach to community

Following the publication of the Universal Personalised Care model, C4CC partners Professor David Morris of the Centre for Citizenship and Communities at the University of Central Lancashire, and Dr Brian Fisher of the New NHS Alliance wrote to C4CC partners to invite discussions with other partners in a call to action to support the ambition in relation to community based approaches, and to develop further dialogue with James Sanderson and the Personalised Care Group about how this can be taken forward by C4CC partners.

In the letter, Brian and David said: We are pleased that community based approaches have featured in UPC and we also recognise there is much more work to do in this area.   To this end, we have had a range of positive conversations highlighting how developing community approaches will only become a reality if its focus on the individual is balanced with one which includes a comprehensive approach to community-centred and community strengthening ways of working.  This is important for prevention, local empowerment and health creation.

We therefore welcome UPC highlighting that local areas need to have “a whole-system strategy to develop community-based approaches”.  We know that this community level perspective is of fundamental importance to the success of personalised care and the allied policy on social prescribing”.

A number of partners gathered together to have a short discussion at the Partners Day on 14 February, and a further date to meet has been agreed to enable a more detailed discussion. If you are interested in contributing as this discussion develops, please contact Carey carey.bamber@nhs.net

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