Voluntary and Community Sectors Workshops on Public Health

We are about to hold a series of four workshops to explore the role the voluntary sector can play influencing the development of public health policy and delivering services.  Below are details of the four workshops and some things to think about before we meet.

The Four Workshops

These meetings are being planned by public health in consultation with the Hertfordshire Councils for Voluntary Service group. The workshops are designed to attract  senior staff employed within voluntary sector organisations that can contribute to the implementation of Hertfordshire’s Public Health strategy. http://www.hertspublichealth.co.uk/

There will be four themed workshops – each to be held at the Focalore Centre in Welwyn Garden City and each meeting will be themed as follows:

  • Wednesday, 26 February, 14:00 – 16:30: Public Health and Younger People
  • Thursday, 6 March, 09:30 – 12:00: Public Health and Older People
  • Tuesday, 11 March, 14:00 – 16:30: Public Health and Long Term Conditions
  • Tuesday, 18 March, 09:30 – 12:00: Public Health and Mental Health

Each workshop will consider three questions:

  1. What is the scope of public health, and what contribution can the voluntary sector make to service delivery, policy development, campaigning and tackling health inequalities?
  2. How can the voluntary sector help improve resilience, self-management and secondary prevention, and so help reduce unnecessary hospital admissions?
  3. How can the voluntary sector be better commissioned to deliver public health interventions? How can relationships between the voluntary sector and commissioners (DH, local public health commissioners, GPs, and others) be improved? What scope is there to apply commissioning innovations such as payment by results or a Total Place approach to public health commissioning?

Voluntary groups make an important contribution to improving and protecting the health of the population – from targeted work with vulnerable people to self-management and direct interventions. Public Health skills and capacity, joined with the voluntary sector’s connections and “can do” mindset could produce a major improvement in the health of Hertfordshire and also help integrate care for people across all sectors.

Places are limited so send your booking request early by e-mail to publichealth@hertfordshire.gov.uk stating your name, position, organisation, and which event(s) you wish to attend.

We will also be making available Royal Society of Public Health Training to agencies. This is the start of our agenda, but it’d be good to start the conversation…


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