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briefing paper

Patients and communities driving progress in self care

July 2018


This briefing reports on the Building Health Partnerships Self Care programme and the seven areas where it operated in 2017-2018. The key message is that by building health partnerships between the statutory sector and local communities, we can: 


  • Improve access to existing community-centred approaches
  • Test new approaches to workforce development
  • Define outcomes and the ‘difference made’ by community approaches to health
  • Co-design, co-direct and co-produce services to deliver a health and care system that works for local people
  • Begin to address financial and contractual barriers to effective and sustainable community-centred approaches and social prescribing
  • Empower communities to set up new initiatives 
  • Create a shared vision of social prescribing and the ‘infrastructure’ needed to support community-centred approaches
  • Build partnerships and foundations for more cross-sector working


In this briefing, you will find examples that illustrate how each of these was achieved and the difference made in communities. 


(A BHP Briefing - Patients and communities driving progress in self care - Final)

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