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Being Well Salford at the heart of major health and wellbeing report

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Being Well Salford is at the heart of a major new NHS report.

The Realising the Value programme has assessed the benefits of person-centred and community-centred approaches for health and wellbeing, focusing on a number of projects including Being Well Salford, a local service managed by The Big Life group in partnership with a number of other organisations.

By being part of the programme, Being Well Salford were able to refine and improve their service, and be held up as an example of best practice for their innovative approach to improving health and wellbeing. And today Realising the Value has published a report to show how this approach could be successfully implemented in other areas across the country.

The report features tools, recommendations and economic modelling, and says that approaches such as Being Well Salford’s are pivotal to improving health and wellbeing outcomes during financially restrained times.

Being Well Salford provides a team of coaches who work with individuals for up to 12 months on a one-to-one or group basis to make positive changes in terms of mood, weight, being active and smoking or alcohol intake.

The service was chosen to be part of Realising the Value due to its track record of transforming services – moving away from old-fashioned and expensive NHS models of delivering public health, and creating services that reach communities that are traditionally hard to impact, creating effective, lasting change.

Francesca Archer-Todde, Service Manager at Being Well Salford, said: “Person and community centred care happens up and down the country, in our communities every day. Realising the Value has demonstrated why these approaches are working and what difference it can make to people’s lives, communities and the wider health and social care system.

“At The Big Life group we recognise that by working in different ways we can challenge the usual ways of working. Realising the Value has given us, and others, the evidence base with which to continue to do this.”

Being Well Salford is for anyone who has a Salford postcode, or is registered with a Salford GP and wants to change two or more of the following things: weight, mood, being active, smoking or drinking. Coaches are based all over Salford in venues ranging from doctors surgeries, community centres and even a fire station.

The Realising the Value programme was commissioned by NHS England to support delivery of the NHS Five Year Forward View, which recognises that new ways of working with people and communities are needed to address current challenges – such as more people living with long-term conditions, and an ageing population.

The tools and recommendations show how to make a reality of the vision for a ‘new relationship with people and communities’ set out in the Five Year Forward View.

The programme provides ten major actions to put people and communities at the heart of health and wellbeing, along with a range of wider recommendations for leaders and a set of practical resources.

For more information and to read the Realising the Value report, visit http://www.nesta.org.uk/publications.

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