Since 2018 Partnership Southwark has been engaging with local people to hear what they want. Learning partnerships in in Dulwich, Peckham, Rotherhithe and Walworth have brought together frontline staff, the voluntary sector and local people to help us to develop our neighbourhood model. We ran a half day conference to find out what is important for local people and staff as we set out to develop our neighbourhood model and you can read what Southwark residents told us here; and in Nunhead we held another event to hear residents’ views of how social prescribing should work, which you can read about here.
Our engagement with communities has helped us understand that local people want us to meet their needs in a more joined-up way, and that the local health and care system should ensure they feel safe and comfortable where they live; and that they can make valued contributions to their family, friends and community, and have control over their health and wellbeing.
In our borough, the Southwark Stands Together (SST) project, established in 2020 in response to the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis, seeks to address the issues that mean we still have some way to go before we live in a world that values every life equally, and treats every person with the same respect, love and compassion.
Partnership Southwark embraces those goals and works closely with SST to embed them in our work, particularly in addressing the health inequalities faced by our diverse communities.
As part of our Recovery Plan, Partnership Southwark has also worked with its constituent partners to support and coordinate the Covid-19 vaccine rollout programme in the borough. You can find out more about what we are doing to support the Covid-19 vaccination programme and the facts about vaccination here.
We have also engaged with our staff, drawing on their experience to highlight issues the neighbourhood model needs to address, including improving relationships and communication within neighbourhoods, closer working with mental health services, supporting self-care and social prescribing, and making the most of the voluntary and community sector.
We remain committed to the principle that we will only succeed in our mission to enable every part of the health and care system in Southwark to make the borough an amazing place to be born, live a full healthy life, and spend one’s final years, if we continue to listen to service users and their carers, families and communities, as well as front line staff.