Neighbourhoods Update - April 2023
Update from Sadie King, Neighbourhoods Programme Lead
The Neighbourhoods Programme in City and Hackney seeks to create a place based way of delivering integrated health and care. The programme is really deepening and in some areas becoming an established way of working, as the transformation work enters its fourth year we are now in a position to assess the effectiveness of Neighbourhoods in terms of its contribution to positive health outcomes for all residents. This is a complicated task and we are working with Hackney based researchers Renaisi to establish a baseline and assess impact over the coming years.
The programme also has new clinical leadership. We owe much thanks to Dr Aimee Henerson who provided guidance to the programme through 2021-22 and welcome our new lead Dr Zara Georgiou. Zara has on the ground experience with the Neighbourhoods model as the Multidisciplinary Meeting (MDM) Chair for Hackney Marshes, assessing local complex cases in her local Neighbourhood. You will hear more from Zara in the next newsletter.
Over the winter and spring our voluntary sector partners have achieved progress in the development of 8 Neighbourhood Forums where residents and staff from health and care services and the voluntary sector have met to deliberate on local priorities and the development of national initiatives locally. One such example being the Forum discussions on a new ‘proactive care’ service supporting people with moderate frailty to live better for longer, and the devolution of this service’s decision making on the use of budgets to improve resident support to access the offer locally. It’s exciting seeing an example of local people getting a direct say in the use of public money at a Neighbourhood level. The new Neighbourhood Forum Facilitators have also been working with communities and staff to establish working groups and projects based that address local health & care issues. For example, Well Street Common Neighbourhood dedicated a forum to discussing CAMHS waiting lists and were able to connect residents with local service managers, and share feedback to the City & Hackney Emotional Health & Wellbeing Board.
Looking forward, over the summer the programme will be advancing a number of key workstreams:
- A new community navigation strategy is being launched to focus on the development of this important sector in prevention work.
- An options paper for the future of Neighbourhood integrated teams will be developed in a wide ranging consultation and review of best practice.
- A comprehensive Organisational Development plan being developed in collaboration with all partners that will include a shared induction to Neighbourhoods for City and Hackney.
- Neighbourhood specific profiles on local health & care issues are being produced by Hackney Health Watch in collaboration with residents
As always, we are a small friendly team that welcomes conversation, ideas and collaboration. Please get in touch with us at email@example.com and someone from the Central Neighbourhood Team will get back to you.
Neighbourhoods Programme Lead.