The partnership approach to achieving local outcomes for communities

This section provides a brief overview on how Community Health Partnerships can capitalise on partnerships to tackle health inequalities

The services offered to our local communities need to be prioritised across the locality and efforts joined up between public, private and third sector partners in order to respond as effectively as possible to the complex social problems some of our communities are facing.

These complex so called 'wicked problems' cannot be fixed by standardised provision alone, or by any one organisation or service. It often requires service redesign and innovation in order to achieve local outcomes for reducing inequalities.

It is very important that Community Health Partnerships (CHPs) capitalise on their partnership status and in some cases their place at the local Community Planning Partnership (CPP) (external link) table by:

  • taking leadership for the agendas that they have responsibility for
  • contributing appropriately to the agendas for which they can make a positive partnership contribution
  • maximising the role of your external partners on the CHP. For example; the influencing role of the elected member for the health improvement and health inequalities agendas.

If your CHP is a member of the CPP you will have signed off the 2009 Single Outcome Agreement (SOA) (external link) and been involved in the preparation of subsequent SOA Annual Reports (external link).

As such, you will be accountable (with the other public sector CPP partners) for the delivery of the whole of the SOA, not just those outcomes that link directly to health or the achievement of NHS HEAT (Health Efficiency Access and Treatment) targets.

The NHS Local Delivery Plans Guidance 2011/12 (external link) have recognised how the NHS Board and/or CHP (as appropriate) makes a range of contributions towards the delivery of the SOA over and above the HEAT targets particularly in relation to tackling inequalities and early intervention.

These prevention and early intervention agendas offer significant potential for collaborative gain: achieving more by working together on agreed local priorities.

Reviewed 29 July 2014

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