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.
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|
Board games sessions
Older people - inactive/disabled
||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:
|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|