Live Well

Live Well supports working age people and aims to:

“optimise the care and support of working age adults, taking a more preventative approach to the management of long-term physical and mental health conditions, focusing on the wider determinants of health and care and building community resilience”

You can see what the Live Well workstream are currently working on under ‘Live Well in action’ below.

The Live Well workstream currently includes: 

  • Community Mental Health Transformation, which seeks to:
    •  bring mental health services based in the community closer together in a coordinated and integrated way:
    •  reduce inequality of access and experience of mental health and physical health care for people with severe mental illness
    • offer a diverse and personalised range of interventions to people experiencing mental health problems in the community.

The work aligns to the refresh of the Southwark Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy coordinated through the Health and Wellbeing Board, and work to reduce variation and improve outcomes for community mental health across South East London

  • Work to explore a more coordinated approach to the delivery of the Vital 5, a means of addressing five key health and wellbeing components (high blood pressure, obesity, smoking, alcohol and common mental health conditions)
  • More joined up work between the voluntary and community sector (VCS), health and care to facilitate a more integrated approach to social prescribing which connects people to local community activities and social support via link workers/care navigators. Social prescribing – sometimes referred to as community referral – is a means of enabling GPs, nurses and other health and care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services.

To support this work we:

  • Recently hosted a Mental Health Transformation Workshop with representatives from across health, care, VCS and service users to assess gaps in current services and support, and identify opportunities and priorities to take forward. Key themes included supporting closer working between physical and mental health, more assertive outreach and crisis support, peer support and diversity-specific support to communities, better communication and support for people waiting for services or requiring support with signposting, and more joined up commissioning across health and care to facilitate integrated service provision and reduce duplication of services.
  • Launched a task and finish group which combines two agendas:

1.    Options for a model to implement the Vital 5 in a more consistent and impactful way in Southwark

2.    A healthy weight programme, as a demonstrator to offer an enhanced joint commissioning approach between the Council and the CCG that will deliver better access, experience and outcomes for people who would benefit from lifestyle and weight management support.  Are working on a social prescribing ‘proof of concept’ to look at how we can better join up social prescribing activities and support for people with mental health needs to promote independent living and building resilience.

The Live Well Leadership Team are: 

  • Dr Claire Thomas, Neighbourhood Lead, Improving Health GP Federation 
  • Dr Emily Finch, Clinical Director for Southwark and Addictions, SLaM 
  • Mathew Griffiths, Associate Borough Director – Southwark, SEL CCG 
  • Jean Young, Associate Director, Community Based Care & Heathy Populations, SEL CCG Southwark
  • Paran Govender, Director of Operations and Partnerships, GSTT
  • Mahua Nandi, Director, Bede House Association (VCS)

The Live Well Leadership Team has developed its membership to align with the current Live Well programme of mental health, social prescribing and prevention/health promotion.