Health Initiatives Background

Health Initiatives Background

 Engaging VCSE organisations to develop and deliver prevention and health initiatives projects in the Borough of Stockton-on-Tees.

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In 2013-2014 Synergy VCS Consortium was successfully engaged for their membership to develop and implement health improvement initiatives against priorities set by local health & public health commissioners. Following this, Hartlepool & Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Stockton on Tees Borough Council Public Health (SBC PH) agreed to test this approach further in a wider local voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) market and against priorities and outcomes of greater definition.

As a result, Catalyst Stockton on Tees was commissioned to engage these local VCSE organisations to develop and deliver prevention and health improvement projects which deliver one or more priorities and outcomes identified by the commissioning bodies and approved by the Stockton Health & Wellbeing Board. The whole programme was entitled VCSE Health Initiatives 2014.

The outcomes expected to be achieved are:

  • Reducing admissions to hospital through targeted interventions to those at highest risk of admission;
  • Mental Health, incorporating public mental health, awareness of low level anxiety and depression and improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) services and early identification of dementia;
  • Reducing Social Isolation in older people and preventing emergency admissions (clearly linking this to Better Care Fund activity)
  • Increased access to Smoking Cessation services;
  • Healthy weight promotional activities for families.

A Public Launch was organised and all ofVCSE agencies who expressed their interests earlier were invited and detailed explanation of the bidding was provided. Bidding closed by early June followed by decisions made by a panel consisting of Hartlepool and Stockton on Tees CCG, SBC Public Health, Independent VCSE Agency & Catalyst Stockton on Tees. One project from the previous year was re-commissioned and 15 new projects were commissioned to start delivery from August 2014. The wide-ranging nature of the successful projects creates varying styles and timescales, with some able to start immediately and others as late as 2015. In order to evaluate the range of projects, Teesside University has been commissioned to undertake the assessment of the VCSE Health Initiatives 2014 and will focus predominantly on following areas:

1)            The Social Return on Investment (SROI) in working with the VCSE in this way;

2)            Contribution of the programme to the wider health economy, especially in relation to cost savings for acute services.

The VCSE Health Initiatives 2014 are managed by Catalyst with a Steering Group representing the commissioning bodies meeting bi-monthly to ensure the expected progress is being made.

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