Working with Communities, Developing Communities – Royal College of General Practitioners – 2 April 2013

Posted on April 3, 2013. Filed under: General Practice, Patient Participation | Tags: , |

Working with Communities, Developing Communities – Royal College of General Practitioners – 2 April 2013

“Working with Communities, Developing Communities is the latest resource produced by the RCGP Centre for Commissioning, set up in 2010 to support GPs with the commissioning and delivery of healthcare and services. The publication coincides with the introduction of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across England on 1 April.

The guide puts forward both a financial case and health case as to why investing resources in Community Development is beneficial for local populations, primary care practitioners and CCGs.

It emphasises that local populations must be seen as assets, not burdens, in order to make CCGs strong and successful. It also focuses on the need for CCGs to work together and build partnerships within their communities between health, education, housing and other services including policing.

Community Development comes in many forms but all focus on maximising the potential of local individuals and community groups in shaping how public services develop, creating opportunities and solving problems. It uses two main case studies to illustrate these along with numerous other examples, including Time Banks which use participants’ time and skills as currency instead of money.
Community Development professionals will work with residents to identify key, local issues and set agendas important to local people. Local authorities and public service organisations, such as NHS groups, will be involved in making decisions but fundamentally this should be an inclusive process.”

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