Building Health Partnerships Stakeholder Event – October 2nd 2014
We held a stakeholder session on 2nd October at Shrewsbury Town Football Club to bring everyone up to date with progress on the Building Health Partnerships programme and specifically on the Map of Maps project.
Representatives from the project’s steering group gave a presentation on the work undertaken to date. Robert Woolf from Sea Communications presented proposals for a technical solution; colleagues from NHS Commissioning Support Unit led a branding session; and there was a Q&A session offering the opportunity to those present to share their views and clarify any thoughts.
Building Health Partnerships is a learning programme designed to improve collaboration between Clinical Commissioning Groups and the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector.
The Steering Group has met following the Stakeholder event to consider the feedback and to assess the best way forward in achieving our aim to create a Health and Wellbeing Map of Maps for Shropshire.
The aim of the Map of Maps has always been:
To bring all the existing information together in to one place and to make it more easily navigable, thereby improving access to and understanding of VCSE provision of health and wellbeing services in Shropshire.
The benefit of Map of Maps for VCSE organisations is to be on the radar of commissioners; the benefit of Map of Maps for commissioners is to better understand the VCSE offer available in Shropshire.
Having listened carefully to feedback, and in order to meet our aim as effectively as possible in the light of the recent decision by Shropshire Council to undertake a review of its various directories, the Steering Group has decided to put on hold any further technical development work.
A key objective for Map of Maps has always been to find a way to build on information and data where it already exists, rather than having to start gathering, managing and moderating new content.
In order to ensure we achieve the most effective and sustainable solution it makes sense for the Map of Maps to work with Shropshire Council and to await the outcome of their review of existing directories before any technical solution is progressed.
It is hoped this course of action will lead to the best opportunity to achieve the aim and objectives of the Map of Maps.
The Steering Group is continuing to meet and is looking to bring together key decision makers from the main commissioning organisations for further discussions on how best to continue to raise the profile of VCSE services and to increase opportunities for local commissioning of the VCSE sector in the county.
The objectives for the Map of Maps continue to be to:
- Allow organisations to understand each other better by providing accessible information about local health and wellbeing services
- Provide a signposting and referral tool for individuals, carers and organisations
- Provide information that will promote choice and options
- Develop an easily accessible portal bringing together existing databases and service information
- Build on local strengths and further develop existing databases and online systems
- Provide a tool for commissioners who need to understand available VCS services
- Provide map-able service information that allows focus on particular communities and geographies
- Provide a link to patient and self help groups
We are very grateful to everyone that was able to attend this important session and for the comments and feedback received on the day and to everyone that has contributed towards the development of the Map of Maps initiative to date.
Thank you also to those individuals and organisations that have offered to help us with testing any technical solutions as they are developed.
Further updates will be circulated in due course.
For further information on the Map of Maps project please contact:
Samantha Hine – Project Co-Ordinator – email@example.com – 07974 772840