Patient and community network

The patient and community network allows you to get involved with, and influence, decisions about local health services. The network also provides an opportunity for patient groups to share good practice and support each other’s development.

The network is making a difference to local health services, key achievements include:

  • a local enhanced scheme for engagement at practice level which has seen the establishment of engagement leads working with all our GP practices. Our aim is to develop a stronger network of engagement and work with the community to engage in ways that suit their needs.
  • setting up groups, creating newsletters, attending local events and inviting groups to GP practices. The aim is to listen to the community and to share key health information as well as learn about the work each group is doing to improve services at their practice.
  • planned calendar of meetings and events for the year – including an open public event during the national patient participation awareness week. Topics covered by the network have included equitable funding for primary care, Bradford Beating Diabetes, development of the people’s board, continuing healthcare and primary care access and development of the network training programme.
  • establishing a community chest fund. This encourages patients and practices with good ideas to bid for small amounts of funding to get their ideas off the ground and to help make the city a healthier place. The funding also help to get people involved in their practice and to look after their own health through self-care.

 Last year we funded three projects, the results of which fed into Grass Roots:

  • Street medicine - using a £1,000 grant, Bevan Healthcare, Horton Housing and the Maternity Partnership provided 100 health packs for refugee, asylum seeker women and women living on the streets and in poverty. It helped to engage women, discuss their health care issues and their access to primary care.
  • Dental health packs for children – a grant of £1,000 provided 100 dental care packs for children under the age of five from asylum seeker and refugee and deprived communities. The packs were distributed during group session activities which helped to understand access to primary and urgent care services.
  • Self-care event – Dr Iqbal and the practices at Picton, Bilton, Frizinghall held a self-care event with their grant of £2,670. Amongst various stalls, there was an opportunity for patients to have blood pressure, lung, diabetes and pulse checks. Over 200 people attended.

There are also some community chest projects that started in 2016 that will continue into 2016/17, including:

  • wellness recovery action plans,
  • social prescribing pilot (with 18 GP practices),
  • Bradford’s Healthy Hearts engagement,
  • health packs for women and people who are homeless, and,
  • intensive support for people at high risk of long-term conditions.

You can also find out more about the patient and community network and get answers to frequently asked questions here

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