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Trust, power and collaboration: Funding relationships

Newcastle Business School (part of the University of Northumbria) is drawing together case studies on the way people and organisations are approaching better ways to understand local commissioning processes and manage performance. Complexity-informed practice looks at different forms of accountability and has a focus on building a healthy system, developing trust and relationships, joint learning and capturing the effects on users of services.

IVAR has been funded by Tudor Trust to support and add value to this research by extending its scope to include a specific focus on Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) organisations. The overarching aim of this additional work is to consider the implications and requirements (e.g. skills and relationships) of new and different approaches to commissioning for VCS organisations. We will facilitate a series of conversations with VCS organisations, which we expect to focus on the themes of trust, power and collaboration.

This will contribute to a more complete picture of what is needed to ensure systems work for the people they are designed to serve, both locally and nationally.

Self-care – A new chapter for the Building Health Partnerships programme

Background
The Building Health Partnerships programme brings local people, local authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups, voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations together to grapple with health related themes like mental health, or social value. Over the last year, in partnership with Social Enterprise UK, we have delivered over 135 workshops in 22 areas across the UK.  

The programme is carefully tailored to the specific needs of each area and every workshop is designed to share learning, experience, expertise and ideas. Read more and watch films about our work in Bolton and Brighton and Hove.

A new programme focussing on self care
We are pleased to announce that NHS England and the Big Lottery Fund are jointly funding a new programme focussing on self care in 8 Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) areas. Self-care is about helping people to understand what they can do to better look after their own health and that of their family, as well as living as healthily as possible.

The focus will be on building relationships at a local level to develop, agree and implement a joint action. STP areas in the programme will be able to access a mixture of facilitated support, expert input, links to other networks and initiatives and communications expertise.

The programme is intended to support STPs to more effectively engage with all the providers and people necessary to meet their plan objectives – in line with the Five Year Forward View

What type of project is it?
Bespoke, facilitated workshops in 8 areas with work behind the scenes to engage, motivate and share cross area insights.

The brief – What is the purpose of the work?
To advance cross sector working to encourage and promote self care
Capture learning and ideas from 8 areas to share across all 44 STP areas

What difference will it make?

  • Build on and embed cross sector working relationships at a local level
  • To collectively develop an implementation plan around self care ensuring buy in and commitment 

 
Time frames:

June 2016 to June 2017
The eight selected areas will be announced by 21st April 2017

 

Email contact 

Houda@ivar.org.uk

Big Local working with health agencies

Background

A participatory action research project in seven Big Local areas to understand and develop partnership working between residents and public health agencies. The research built on our previous work on resident led change as five year learning partner to Big Local and on our Building Health Partnerships and Health and Social Value Programmes. We published the findings from the research in December 2016.


Find out more about our work with Big Local



What type of project is it?

Action research

 

The brief – What is the purpose of the work?

Local Trust commissioned this research because health and wellbeing had been identified as a priority in many Big Local areas; and because the areas that were already working with health agencies said that this relationship was both rewarding and challenging.

 

What difference will it make?

  • Help to convene and facilitate discussions between Big Local partnerships and health agencies
  • Identified some of the ways in which Big Local partnerships are contributing to local health and wellbeing agendas
  • Provided insights into the factors that contribute to opening doors to building relationships with health agencies

 

Research design – What methods will be used?

Focus group discussions; facilitated meetings; advice, information, resources and ideas

 

What are the key stages?

  • Published in January 2017
  • IVAR will be running sessions on the research findings at the Big Local Spring Events 2017

 

Email contact for questions and further information

 

katie@ivar.org.uk