ICS System Learning Event

Helen Bowles - Maternity & Neonatal Programme Manager, Suffolk & North East Essex LMNS The Local Maternity and Neonatal System (LMNS) partners across the ICS worked with Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) organisations to utilise their expertise and trusted relationships with local communities who are at risk of pregnancy and related health inequalities to deliver a range of projects to tackle barriers to access and build relationships. The service also co-designed a series of short films titled ‘It’s OK to Ask’ with local people from various backgrounds who have lived experience of maternity services. The theme is a common one – ask us about our ethnicity, disability, gender identity and highlighting that it’s neither racist, discriminatory or homophobic to talk with people about their specific needs – in fact, it’s necessary and appropriate in order to put the person at the centre of their care. Gemma Levi - Senior Manager, Community Infrastructure, Healthy Behaviours, Children and Families, Suffolk County Council (SCC) The Collaborative Communities Board (CCB) takes a collaborative approach to dealing with strategic issues within communities, bringing together system partners to deliver on joint ambitions with a focus on co-design. The development of the Financial Inclusion in Communities strategy demonstrates this approach, with SCC working in partnership with the VCFSE sector who used their existing relationships to engage communities to find out what was important to them in responding to the cost-of-living crisis. The VCFSE sector had 2 important roles to play, not only in co-designing the strategy but also to hold SCC to account on its delivery of the strategy. Common themes that we can learn from these projects for a Community Led Approach Activity should be built upon mutual respect between partners It requires collaborative working as equal partners It enables statutory partners to benefit from the trusted relationships existing within communities It’s important to listen to and respect the views and insight from communities even if it is at odds with what statutory partners had anticipated or planned for A Community Led Approach requires time to invest in building trusted relationships and co-designing together A Community Powered NHS | 2

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