Commissioning for Community Solutions
Health and wellbeing are vital to sustainable community living.
A simple but importantly worded statement. The emphasis of this work is not on the role community plays in the Health and Social Care system (H&SC), but rather, the role that the H&SC system plays in supporting community health and wellbeing.
We have gathered here inspiration, information and tools that will help you develop a community led health and social care system, which responds to what matters most to the people in communities across Scotland.
Even before the impact of COVID-19 in Scotland we have been very aware of the crucial relationship between communities and general health and wellbeing. Individuals draw strength and support from their communities, be they place-based or interest-based communities. The Power in our Communities was more evident that ever during the COVID-19 pandemic and played a crucial role in maintaining the wellbeing of people across the country.
This power is given willingly by community members and has a high degree of self-sustaining capacity. However, it is so much more effective when nurtured and supported, and the public bodies of Health and Social Care have a vital role to play here through their commissioning roles.
An essential element of commissioning for community solutions is collaborative working. This was a core message in the recent Independent Review of Adult Social Care emphasising the need to move away from competitive markets for social care towards creating the conditions for partners to work together. This applies equally across the whole of the health and social care system where much more is achieved through collaboration and coproduction – put simply, working together.