Organisations in the network are asked to:
In partnership with Healthwatch, we are gathering insight into the experiences, concerns and barriers to health and care for Communities of Interest, as well as examples of resilience from communities and organisations. We are also raising very practical issues, like accessible formats of information, clear health messaging and digital connectivity.
The Communities of Interest Network is part of the PVP, which brings together involvement leads from across the Leeds health and care system to ensure that hearing people’s voices is integral at all levels of health and care decision making. The key aim of the PVP is to start with people, design with people, work with people and evaluate with people.
Aligned to the core aims of COIN, one of the key elements of the PVP is to make sure that the voice of inequalities is central. The PVP recognises that traditional involvement mechanisms often do not hear this key voice, and it is only by communities being central to decision making that inequalities will change. The PVP sees that the Communities of Interest Network has the potential to be a highly effective mechanism to see this happen.
One example of this within Leeds was during Covid, when Healthwatch spoke with all the COI leads around what health and care decision making could do differently to address health inequalities. 10 themes were identified, one of which was that co-designing with people and communities was key to addressing health inequalities. This then fed into the Leeds Health Inequalities Toolkit and plan, endorsed by the Health and Wellbeing Board, around the key elements that the Leeds health and care system needs to do around addressing health inequalities.
The PVP leads on joint integrated people’s voice initiatives, such as the Big Leeds Chat and ‘How does it feel for me’ programme, which understands people’s experiences of joined-up health and care in Leeds.