Improved Partnerships Between Health and Local Government
The ageing population and rise in the number of older people with multiple long term conditions presents challenges to a public sector in which health and local government traditionally operate in silos. The creation of Health and Wellbeing Boards, and initiatives including the Better Care Fund, have specifically attempted to break down these boundaries – with the development of sustainability and transformation plans trying to embed that joined-up approach.
This award will recognise NHS health organisations and local authorities which have already made progress in working together. Our judges will be looking for evidence of strong, collaborative partnerships which are leading to demonstrable improvements for patients and citizens.
- A clear rationale for specific efforts to bolster partnerships between health and local government
- An explanation of how the organisations’ work is informed by existing best practice
- Evidence that improving partnerships between health and local government has led to improved patient care, improved experience, improved outcomes and/or improved value for money. This must have a quantitative aspect, but can include qualitative feedback as well.
- A belief in partnership working which has demonstrably spread throughout organisations and the local area
- An approach that has spread widely within a local area and that has, or could, be employed elsewhere
- Quantitative evidence that value for money has improved as a result of the strengthened partnerships between health and local government
- Engagement of staff at all levels, on both the health and the local government sides
- Involvement of citizens and patients in plans