Staff help shape neighbourhood vision

Salford Together engaged with over 60 staff at an event in Buile Hill Park on 8th August 2018 to help scope out and begin the co-design for a more integrated approach to neighbourhood working.

A wide range of staff including district nurses, GPs, clinicians, social care, children’s teams, hospital staff, therapists, mental health, Pharmacists and the voluntary and community sector came together to develop a shared view of what an integrated neighbourhood service might look like building on the current integrated structures and working relationships.

Participants were also asked to think about how we build our understanding of workforce and community assets to better match the needs of Salford’s citizens at a neighbourhood level.

Mary Clifton, Interim Director for Adult Social Care, Salford Care Organisation and Salford Together introduced the session and described the vision to bring together five teams working in neighbourhoods to facilitate improved joint working and integration and ultimately better outcomes for residents. We need to use all our shared resources to better effect in helping people to stay well and independent and in their own homes and neighbourhoods for as long as possible.

“Working together means that you might see and know things that others don’t see in your neighbourhood and opportunities to make things better, like a jigsaw you need to use all the pieces to create a whole picture”

-Mary Clifton

Dr Paul Bishop, Director of Transformation, Salford Primary Care Together shared his strong belief in the neighbourhood view and the need to work together to make a difference.

“We can’t change anything on our own, we need to engage with people in this room to make it happen”

-Paul Bishop

Participants also took part in a ‘know your neighbourhood’ challenge. Teams worked together to piece together Salford’s 20 wards and key landmarks/community into the 5 neighbourhood outlines of a jigsaw puzzle.

Congratulations ‘Team Becky’, know your neighbourhood winning team.

Jacquie Russell, Assistant Director for Strategy and Policy, Salford City Council, shared the learning from the Integrated Place pilot in Eccles and Little Hulton and encouraged staff to think about how they work together to lead a neighbourhood way of working.

“We need to change the way we work not just the structures. If we get this right, we will deliver better outcomes for residents”

-Jacquie Russell.

Participants were asked to consider what a neighbourhood team means to them and what the next steps should be. Emerging themes included; shared vision, inclusion, empowered and informed staff and citizens, choice, a focus on wider determinants of health and doing with residents not for.

Findings from the workshop will help shape the development of the neighbourhood teams and way of working and staff will continue to be informed and involved. Mary concluded the event by thanking everyone for their presence, thoughts and enthusiasm and by saying that “this is just the start but everyone in the workshop has a leadership role in taking this forward.”

The Neighbourhood Steering Group will meet to review the outcomes and feedback from the event. These will feed into the next steps. Watch out for more information as we go forward together.