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How the health sector has worked in partnership during the Covid-19 crisis
This report shares eight factors that have enabled health partnerships to respond effectively to Covid-19. Previous barriers to the NHS, councils and the voluntary sector working together – such as information governance, organisational boundaries or agendas, and lack of trust – were removed, or set aside, in order to respond swiftly to a ‘tsunami of need’. The research is based on learning from 11 partnerships in different areas of England, who took part in the Building Health Partnerships programme.
As a result of working together, health partnerships:
- Reached the most isolated and vulnerable community members
- Protected against overwhelming demand on statutory health services
- Improved referral pathways and access to services
- Provided a more focused/targeted response when required
- Ensured that services meet local needs
- Distributed information to communities quickly and efficiently
- Built on, and made best use of, community assets (e.g. volunteers)
- Ensured the right people are at the decision-making table.
‘Without the third sector, Wirral wouldn’t have been able to cope and mitigate against the impact of Covid-19 the way it has.’
Who is the report for?
The report is aimed at anyone interested in building cross-sector relationships to improve local health and care outcomes – NHS systems (particularly ICS/STP leads and PCNs), commissioners, clinicians, local authorities and professionals from the VCSE sector.
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