Innovation Conference 2018

People’s passion for their communities was on show at a local event to bid for support for projects to boost health and wellbeing.

The 2018 Innovation Conference, organised by local NHS commissioners, patient champions and the voluntary sector, brought together around 80 people from across North East Hampshire and Farnham.

The conference invited people to apply to NHS North East Hampshire and Farnham Clinical Commissioning Group for funding of up to £2,000 for a specific project that will improve the physical and/or mental health of their community.

Local people and groups were invited to attend an event – this year at Oak Park Golf Club in Crondall – to hear bidders present their plans and then to vote on who they feel should receive the funding.

Dr Peter Bibawy, acting Clinical Chair of the CCG, said: “There is so much energy in our local communities directed at improving health and wellbeing and this has been shown once again, not only by how passionate people were at the event but also the breadth of the projects being put forward.

“I’m delighted to say that the CCG is committed to this being held annually, to continue to explore the wonderful ideas that local people have and to provide support to those projects we and other local people feel have the greatest potential.”

The projects shortlisted for this year’s event were:

  • A community cycling club
  • Yoga and meditation sessions for children and teenagers with special educational needs and disabilities and social, emotional, mental health issues
  • Writing courses for carers
  • A life skills course for children aged 11 to 13 with autism
  • Mental health awareness training for a young person’s homeless shelter
  • Cookery course for people with disabilities
  • A community women’s group to support deprived families
  • A town-centre garden and ‘shed’ used for a range of therapies
  • A support group for women experiencing problems going through the menopause

The event also allows bidders to have discussions with each other and with other guests, to swap information, advice and offers of help, whether it is providing a venue to a group or pointing people in the direction of the help they need.

The Innovation Conference is organised by the CCG, Healthwatch Hampshire, Voluntary Action South West Surrey and Community Ambassadors – members of the public who work to ensure that the public and patient voice is included in local healthcare planning.

The project began as a suggestion by Farnham resident Valerie Fabry, one of the Community Ambassadors. She said of the latest event: “The Innovation Conference exceeded all my hopes and expectations. I was struck by the amazing energy in the room as we listened to some truly inspirational ideas.”

In 2017 the Innovation Fund supported eight local projects, ranging from cultural activities for people with mental illness and fun health and wellbeing sessions for the Nepali community.

Click here to look back at last year's projects.

To see a video of the 2018 Innovation Conference, click below:

Innovation Conference update and Community Forum

In early 2017 Community Ambassador Valerie Fabry suggested that the community might be able to suggest small projects that had an innovative aspect to them and which could have a large impact on the health and wellbeing of local people.

The CCG supported this proposal and invited groups and individuals from across North East Hampshire and Farnham to put forward projects that needed help to become reality or required a boost. Successful bids would receive a maximum of £2,000 in funding.

On March 27, 2017, an Innovation Conference was held and the CCG, together with members of the public, patient representatives, partners and stakeholders, voted on the schemes they felt should be given support.

The projects that received funding were:

On November 20, 2017, a follow-up event (Innovation Conference update) was held for representatives of the projects to feed back to the CCG and other community members on their progress during the intervening eight months.

The event was very well-received and feedback included comments such as: 

"A great opportunity to become familiar with the area and understand the fantastic work that is taking place and to network with others."

"It was good to be able to network with a wide variety of people and hear project updates."

"Really interesting to hear that as a result of learning from others, some projects decided they didn't need all the money. Very refreshing to hear."


At the update meeting attendees were asked to provide comments they thought might help specific projects.

These comments have been captured here (click on the images below to open larger versions):

Health Professional Nepali
Education Sessions
Improving the health & wellbeing of the Nepalese community in Hart Farnham Locality Patient Group
Theatre Club Yoga for overweight women Hampshire Cultural Trust

To see the presentations given at the Innovation Conference update and the Community Forum, click on the following links:

Introduction slides

Princess Royal Trust for Carers

The Community Ambassador programme

Making Connections


Chair Yoga

At the event attendees were encouraged to take part in some 'chair yoga', with the aid of a video prepared by yoga instructor Cate Terry. If you want to give it a go at home (or at work), here is the video:


Community Forum

The CCG recognises the critical importance and value of engaging with patients and the public in order to improve health outcomes for the local population. There are a number of ways it ensures that the public are involved in shaping services, including:

Patient and Public Engagement (PPE) Committee - a formal sub-committee of the CCG, directly accountable to the Governing Body to assure the CCG that it meets its duties for engagement and to communicate in a meaningful way with the general public.

Healthcare Communications and Engagement Action Group - has a role to ensure that we engage with and listen to patients and our general public, sharing new ideas, understanding people’s views and experiences and sharing what has and hasn’t worked.

The Healthcare Community Forum has been developed to provide a place for conversations with local people.

                                             

Role and aim of the Community Forum 

Is to enable conversations between local decision makers and local people, providing a feedback channel to the Clinical Commissioning Group and back to our community on issues relating to local health services, in particular where these affect communities in Fleet, Farnborough, Aldershot, Yateley and Farnham.

The forum will also test ideas for engagement and use the forum as a place to evaluate the effectiveness of our engagement and communications activity.

The forum will provide space for networking and sharing across organisations representing the local community.

An aim is to ensure that as a Clinical Commissioning Group we support self-care and prevention messaging to the local community.

That we have identified priorities and plans we work on with our local community, but this is our way of asking local people what they think is important to help local people with their health and wellbeing                 

Membership

The Membership of the group will be open to the general public through an RSVP.

Formal invites will be extended to:

  • Local Healthwatch
  • Staff from local provider organisations
  • Local voluntary sector organisations, faith and community groups ensuring we include young people and children
  • Local authority staff
  • Patient Participation Groups/Area Patient Group
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