The challenge

On the award-winning People Powered Health programme we worked with Nesta, the Innovation Unit and six locality partnerships (involving health, local government and the voluntary and community sector) to develop their business cases and support the development of ‘co-productive’ practices in clinician-patient relationships.​

Our approach 

People Powered Health was an eighteen-month programme involving teams from hospitals, GPs practices, community organisations and patient groups across England.

Starting with person-centred practices that had been tested over many years – from peer support networks to expert patient groups, social prescribing, group consultations and timebanking – the programme explored what would happen if these became part of everyday life for people living with one or more long-term conditions in communities across the UK.

The resulting projects covered a range of conditions from mental health to diabetes and chronic pain.  Our work involved supporting both individual localities and the programme team to develop the overall case for change, as well as guidance, tools, and templates to support other areas to learn from and implement similar programme.

Our impact

The findings were used both to help sustain and grow work on the ground, and to set policy at a national level feeding into the NHS’s commitments to Person and Community Centred Care in Chapter 2 of the original Five Year Forward View.

You can read more about our findings here: People Powered Health Business Case. ​