Harnessing the Power of Communities

Harnessing the Power of Communities2023-12-18T10:02:31+00:00

Harnessing the Power of Communities (HPoC) is a transformation programme. It exists to embed the third sector in all areas of health and care through both inclusion and investment within the West Yorkshire & Harrogate district.

The vision is to establish a new relationship with communities built around good work on the co-production of services and care in order to support people to greater self-care, prevent ill-health. It is about implementing the Five Year Forward View and NHS Long Term Plan ambitions to join-up community services.

State of the Sector

The State of the Sector Report has been produced by Nifty Sustainability CIC and Leeds Beckett University as part of Harnessing the Power of Communities work, funded by West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership and NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group, to make sure the third sector is a sustainable, central part of the health and care system – recognising that the person-centred approach of the third sector is key.

The findings have been carefully reviewed to identify gaps and where additional research is needed, particularly to ensure underrepresented groups and least heard voices are reflected.

What we do

Forum Central is working in partnership with NHS, Third Sector, and LCC partners across the Leeds and WY&H system to ensure the Third Sector is better connected and resourced and is an influential, active, and integral part of local health and care systems transformation and systems-wide culture shift.

Harnessing the Power of Communities – Strategic Information

We have distilled contributions from conversations with Third Sector and other system leaders (full notes available on request) into priorities for change and actions based on the five outcomes of the Change Model (Appendix 1) developed at WY&H, with significant input from Leeds, which give five identified outcomes for the HPoC Programme:

  1. A system wide culture shift to working in ways championed by the sector
  2. The Third Sector is better connected and influential in the health and care system
  3. Third Sector capacity is increased to work in systems transformation
  4. Third Sector workforce development to maximise systems thinking
  5. Investment in community organisations to innovate on delivering health and care outcomes.

Proposals have been informed by system-wide thinking, asset based approaches and the CCG’s ambition to develop strong networks of providers with renewed focus on integration and person-centred /neighbourhood priorities in primary and community settings.

Our memorandum of understanding with Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector partners

Harnessing the Power of Communities news and events

Contact us

0113 242 1321    |     [email protected]    |     Suite C24 Joseph’s Well, Hanover Walk, Leeds, LS3 1AB

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