The Shared Health Foundation CIC, (SHF) is a Community Interest Company set up by OCT to tackle health inequalities in Greater Manchester.
It is widely known that in our city region, the very poorest face a life expectancy over a decade shorter than the most affluent. Working with individuals, communities, health professionals, the voluntary sector and business networks, the SHF drives a person-centred approach. Through nurturing innovative ideas and replicating best practice, SHF seeks to empower individuals to take responsibiity for their own health. Please visit www.sharedhealth.org.uk for more information and follow the action on Twitter @sharedhealthgm
A major development since the initiation of SHF has been that of Focused Care CIC - a pioneering, GP-based, wraparound service that targets people in greatest need. Patients are referred to a Focused Care worker by GPs, community workers or even the police, when health related difficulties appear to be worsening. The Focused Care worker works holistically to understand the underlying causes of the problem and assists the patient to make the changes that will bring about the improvements they are seeking. This proven model is being rolled out across GP surgeries in the least well served parts of the city region between 2017 - 2020.
The reports below were produced in July 2015, marking the culmination of an 18-month study commissioned by the OCT, of the characteristics and approaches of a range of voluntary sector and community organisations working most effectively with people in the most disadvantaged communities. Through analysis of case studies, this report illuminates 'what works' in tackling complex health and social care problems and provides recommendations as to how collectively, collaboratively, and economically, organisations can reduce persistent inequalities in health and quality of life. The report is provided in summary and full length versions.
A further area of work on tackling disadvantage for the Trust was published in the report The Revolving Door of Prison: Learning from the Choose Change Project 2009 - 2013
Choose Change was a unique, collaborative, pilot project that provided support to short-sentenced prisoners on their release from HMP Manchester to Manchester, Salford and Trafford. It anticipated the coalition government's reform agenda, and generated learning that was then used in subsequent service development, seeking to improve the future life chances of ex-offenders.
We call Focused Care the ‘Macmillan Service for deprivation’. We want to have an impact on the whole community – not just our patients.John Patterson Co-founder, Focused Care CIC