Live Blog: Neighbourhoods Sharing Meeting – Event 2

Welcome to the live event blog from the Salford Together Neighbourhood Teams event 2 held on Tuesday 30th April at Elm Bank, Eccles.

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About neighbourhood teams

Salford Together’s ambition is to create local neighbourhood teams in the five areas of Salford – bringing services into the community.

The neighbourhood teams are utilising a variety of different skills and working together to further develop integrated care in neighbourhoods.

Let’s get started…

The day kicks off with a welcome and introduction from Dr Tara Kearney, Salford Royal.

Tara outlines the aim of the day and gives an overview of the core leadership group monthly meetings since January 2019.

Eva Kolker, Advisor in the Behavioural Insights team is next up to talk about applying behavioural insights to health and social care integration.

Eva talks us through the research project aiming to understand how using behavioural insights from the Integrated Neighbourhood Teams across Greater Manchester can help to make it easier for staff within the teams to work in a more integrated and collaborative way.

Eva explains the 3 key themes identified from the research; improving team meetings, increasing trust and social contact and improving systems and processes. The recommendations from the research are then presented.

Next the room hears from Bruce Poole, Salford Together’s VCSE Partnership Lead.

Bruce starts by talking us through the role of the Salford CVS,the scale of the Voluntary sector within Salford and what the CVS can do within neighbourhoods. Bruce also touches on Wellbeing Matters and the delivery model that includes a social prescribing element.

Bruce goes on to explain the central role that Salford CVS plays in Salford Together, with each neighbourhood leadership group having a CVS representative to provide advice, support and engagement.

Bruce then hands over to Scott Darraugh to talk about the VCSE anchor organisations.

Scott starts by talking us through what an anchor organisation is and the benefits they can bring to the individual neighbourhoods and Salford as a whole.

Community anchors are independent community-led organisations. They are multi-purpose and provide holistic solutions to local problems and challenges, bringing out the best in people and agencies. They are there for the long term, not just the quick fix” – CLES 2018

Scott highlights the importance of innovation and the opportunities provided by the anchor organisations to test new ideas within the community, and their strong track record of this.

Scott then expands on the services that the anchors can offer, using the example of the Broughton anchor, Social Adventure. He demonstrates the additional value that the anchors can have within the communities and the social impact they can achieve.

After a quick Q&A from the floor it’s time for a break and a cuppa!

The room is now back with Helen Kilgannon for the group tasks.

Helen sets the first task to get those creative juices flowing and asks teams think about what the current and future state of their neighbourhood. The neighbourhoods split into break out rooms to focus on the tasks.

Teams are then set with the next task; to define their priority areas and measures of success.

Following on from first neighbourhood sharing event, groups are tasked with establishing and refining 3 top priorities for their neighbourhood. Groups are asked to think about the measures of success for their priority areas and how they will be reported on and evaluated.

Cath Sloan takes the room to provide feedback to the groups following the tasks.

Each neighbourhood is asked to feedback and give an overview of the priorities from their discussions.

Examples of priorities included:

Broughton: Focus on self-neglect and start working on gathering more data and forming case studies

Eccles and Irlam: Focus on getting to know each other better and understand the services and contacts within their neighbourhood, measured by a survey now, and in 12 months time.

Ordsall and Claremont: Focus on improving integrated work within the neighbourhood using strength based and social prescribing. The group highlighted that they wanted to invite the wider team to start to develop this.

Swinton: Focus on fuel poverty and getting better at data analysis. The group also highlighted prevention of accidents and falls as a priority.

Walkden & Little Hulton: The group felt they’d like to develop a neighbourhood hub to provide an area to connect people, give services a space to work from and give patients an area to access services they need.

Next steps…

June closes the session with the next steps for neighbourhood teams, explaining the plans for action learning and further sharing events for later in the year.

June shares the longer term vision of moving towards a place based approach and the work over the next few months to expand and join with the wider public sector and ends the day with a positive thought; working together is success.

Download the slides from the day here