Neighbourhood Staff Meetings Officially Launched
This March Neighbourhoods Staff Meetings were officially kicked off with the inaugural Well Street Common Staff Meeting on the 9th March at Frampton Park Baptist Church. Thank you to all our Well Street Common Colleagues who turned up despite the rain and made it such a lively and welcoming event. There was an energetic feel to the room as the buzz from a variety of staff from different services including Adult Social Care, Community Nursing, Children’s Centres, the Voluntary Sector and more came together for one of the first times post pandemic, to discuss Neighbourhoods working in the area so far and looking forward to the future. Lunch was provided by All Nations Vegan, a Hackney based family run business, and the Caribbean food went down a treat.
Sadie King, Neighbourhoods Programme Lead and Kathleen Wenaden, Clinical Director for Well Street Common Primary Care Network opened the event by recapping some of the achievements made so far in Well Street Common’s efforts to move towards an integrated Neighbourhood way of working. Some highlights from Well Street Common include the work of the Neighbourhood Forum and the PCN’s Health Inequality Priority work around Childhood Obesity.
Well Street Common Forum Achievements:
Working Groups & Forum Discussions
The Well St Common Forum, facilitated by Polly Mann from the Wick Award, brings residents, voluntary sector and statutory/public sector staff together on a quarterly basis to set agendas on issues that matter to them. A working group has been set up around the ‘cost of living crisis’ and a whole forum space was dedicated to a joint discussion on CAMHS (Children & Adolescent Mental Health Services) waiting times. This forum involved residents, voluntary sector and statutory service managers discussing the challenges posed by long waiting times for CAMHS with key themes and comments fed into local strategic boards such as the Emotional Health & Wellbeing Strategy Board to ensure the resident & voluntary sector’s voice is influencing local service development.
Health Inequalities Work in the Primary Care Network
Well Street Common PCN have identified ‘Healthy Families’ as their PCN Priority. The Neighbourhood has the highest rates of childhood obesity across City and Hackney in reception and year 6. The PCN set up a health families forum to engage with local residents about the support needed to support children to live healthy lifestyles. The PCN have also been working with local partners in Public Health, School Nursing, Dietetics, Occupational Therapy and Young Hackney to take a joint approach to the inequality. This partnership group in Well Street Common are now working to improve local understanding of service offers and pathways to address weight management for children and families and opportunities for collaboration locally, for example on upskilling the workforce to provide culturally appropriate dietary advice.
What Well Street Common want from Networking Opportunities in the future
A SWOT Analysis of Neighbourhood Working in WSC
This was a useful opportunity for everyone in the room to hear from local partner services about their preferred way of getting to know each other and learn more about their thoughts on Neighbourhoods working.
Summary of the discussions on the day
Future Networking Opportunities
Feedback on networking opportunities indicated that Well Street Common Staff are interested in opportunities to thank, support and celebrate each other and local achievements. They also highlighted the need to have peer support space and have space for informal conversations across organisations to share information, better understand what services are available locally and share challenges to jointly solve problems.
Strengths/Weaknesses/Opportunities/Threats (SWOT) analysis
Feedback from the SWOT analysis indicated that there is a strong will to make Neighbourhoods work with recognition that neighbourhood mechanisms like the MDMs and forum are helpful local tools. However, there are some issues residents are facing that feel out of staff’s control such as the housing crisis. Furthermore there is some confusion about what Neighbourhoods means for some practitioners, some terms like community navigation roles can be confusing and there is a need to have better communication lines so staff know what is going on in the local Neighbourhood.
After these activities we broke for lunch and informally networked which attendees said was a useful opportunity to link with other services. There are ambitions in Well Street common to think about how staff can co locate or meet face to face across organisations more often.
Thank you to everyone who came along, and if you are interested in attending a future Staff meeting you can sign up here. Any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org