The social and economic context which public and community services are operating in has often been described as the ‘perfect storm’; where higher demand and reduced resources frustrate attempts to support the prevention of ill-health and the encouragement of good health.
Communities are mobilising across England to improve experiences of health and care services and the wellbeing of others through many different kinds of local action.
To celebrate and support this, the Health as a Social Movement (HASM) programme has worked in partnership with six vanguard sites across the country to:
Alongside the sites, we are working to achieve the following changes:
The six vanguard sites all have taken up the opportunity to achieve transformational change in their communities differently. However, the sites have all demonstrated that different actions build on each other, so that momentum for change can keep growing and spreading over time.
In conjunction with a final paper containing the evaluations of the sites and recommendations for the health and care system, this report looks at what has happened in practice across the sites, what local groups did and how their activities are continuing to help make change.
This way, we hope to encourage and support citizens and workers engaged in health and care across the country – from local community based organisations and local public services, to clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and all those trying to transform the health and care system so that it is able to meet current and future needs.
This report, produced by NEF and the RSA, is aimed at helping people that are committed to improving health and care to take forward the principles that we have found underpin successful relationships with communities into their work.
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