In Wakefield District, a range of statutory and third sector organisations which play a part in people’s health and wellbeing have agreed to work together to change the way people are supported to improve their quality of life.

The programme to transform the care available closer to home is known as Connecting Care.

The Vision of Connecting Care is

"For citizens of Wakefield district to live longer, healthier lives, supported by people with the right skills, in the right place."

Nova is involved at both a strategic and operational level in Connecting Care, ensuring that the massive contribution made by Voluntary and Community Organisations to people’s health and wellbeing is recognised and integrated into the health and social care system.

Within the overall umbrella of Connecting Care, there are two  vanguard schemes, which attract designated funding from NHS England to fast-track the new Models of Care set out in the  NHS Five Year Forward View. Nova is represented on the Wakefield Vanguard Delivery Board.


Care Homes Vanguard

As part of the drive to improve the quality of life for people in care homes, Nova is involved in a scheme which aims to create much closer links between care homes and the general community. We have been piloting a scheme whereby two community anchors have provided volunteers in care homes, delivering group activities, such as boccia and chair based exercise, as well as befriending individuals and supporting them to follow their interests. 

We are now looking to expand this work, involving more care homes, more community anchors and other VCS organisations.


West Wakefield Multi-Specialty Community Provider Vanguard

The aim of the Multi-specialty Community Provider (MCP) Vanguards is to move care out of hospitals and into the community. The vanguard operates in the West of Wakefield District. 

Nova is involved in 3 ways:

1. Community Solutions/Social Prescribing

Nova is the lead organisation for developing a model of Social Prescribing. Social Prescribing recognises that people’s health and wellbeing depends on a very broad range of factors and that a traditional prescription is not always the answer. Along with partners, we have developed a model which allows professionals to refer to non-clinical services via ‘coaches’ who will support people to attain their goals. We hope that this service will be commissioned from April 2017.

2. Community Engagement

Nova has a pot of money for community engagement - to develop links between communities, voluntary and community services and general practice.

3. Micro-commissioning

Social prescribing is dependent on the existence of suitable services. Nova has been allocated money to commission community services which will make a difference to the health and wellbeing of residents in West Wakefield. Expressions of Interest from voluntary and community organisations and groups working at grass roots level were taken into account. The total amount of funding available through the programme is £48,000. 

Micro-commissioning - Funded Projects

The West Wakefield MCP micro-commissioning programme has funded the following schemes:

Organisation Details of Scheme Target Beneficiaries
Wakefield Cathedral Board games sessions
Seated yoga
Men 50+
Older people - inactive/disabled
Incredible Edible
Edible gardening All but mainly 45-65
One to One Development Trust 'Stub Out' - stopping smoking Young and expectant mothers
St George's Community Centre Further development of dementia cafes and dementia friendly signing in centre People with dementia and their families/carers
Horbury Community Centre Trust Singing Bereaved women with post natal depression
Proper Job Theatre Company Self-esteem and confidence building course Vulnerable and disadvantaged
Royal Voluntary Service Befriending - including tele-befriending Older people but will strive to attract men
Speak With IT IT based communication support People with aphasia
Spectrum People Activities/support Vulnerable adults
Senior Citizens Support Group (1)                         Tele-befriending Over 60s but will strive to attract men
Senior Citizens Support Group (2)
Outdoor activities Over 60s
Senior Citizens Support Group (3) Healthy eating Over 60s
Luv2meetU Access to activities at community facilities People with learning disabilities
Rosalie Ryrie Intensive confidence building support Adults aged 40+ who have suffered abuse and have mental health issues
Kidz Aware Support to people with mental health issues Adults but will target 50+ men

Read more about the process in our micro-commissioning blogpost.

The second round of the West Wakefield MCP micro-commissioning programme has funded the following schemes:

Organisation                Details of Scheme Target Beneficiaries
Home-Start Wakefield and District Peer support for parents Parents and their families ages 25 - 45

Senior Citizens Support Group Improve and extend various activities and tele-befriending service Over 50s

Smile Choir Choir for people with pulmonary or mental health issues Ten years old and above/any gender/any ethnicity

St Catherine’s Church Centre Additional support for homeless Adults aged 18 and over

Theatre Royal Wakefield Passport to Theatre Older people

Wakefield City Youth and Community Project Diabetes prevention amongst BAME community Adults aged 18 and over

Wakefield District Sight Aid Sight Aid hubs in Community Anchors Visually impaired people

Wakefield Hospice Equipment - mobility transfer platform Adults aged 18 and over

Wakefield Rural Arthritis Care Provision of various activities e.g:
  • weekly seated exercise class
  • a weekly Boccia bowling class to encourage participation by men of over 50
  • a monthly craft class
Over 50s

Ward 3 Community Partnership Ltd Programme of various activities for families and young people, older people and parent support group All age groups

Well Women Centre

Development of peer support group Oasis to deliver a monthly 'taste of Oasis' session Women

Incredible Edible Wakefield Edible gardening club delivery Adults aged 45 and over