The Health Together team believe in the power of active citizens to improve health and wellbeing and help tackle inequalities
The core team of Health Together are all part of the Institute for Health and Wellbeing at Leeds Beckett University. Active for many years in the field of community engagement the core team have developed successful programmes and policies, conducted numerous research and evaluation projects and conducted large-scale reviews of evidence and knowledge on what really is effective.
We believe that healthy communities are those where people are actively engaged in the life of the community and in shaping services – including those people who have not previously got involved. We believe that in the future health and social care services will need to make community and patient engagement central to everything that they do.
Who we are
- Health and social care organisations face a major challenge – how to engage people, patients and communities to deliver better health and wellbeing outcomes for less cost and to address health inequalities at the same time.
- At Health Together, we combine practical experience of policy making and programme delivery incorporating community engagement with academic rigour and knowledge of the evidence base.
- Health Together offer a bespoke service. We can help you identify what your organisation wants to do and how to make it happen. From research and needs assessment, through to commissioning, programme planning, delivery and evaluation we can support you to engage with people, patients and communities.
- We can provide facilitation, policy development, evidence briefings, report writing, programme design, research and evaluation.
- We work with local authorities, clinical commissioning groups, NHS providers, and voluntary and community organisations and social enterprises. We have done a lot of work with Healthwatch both nationally and locally. We are happy to consider both large and small commissions.
Work with us
More information about our services and how we can assist you.
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Mark Gamsu and the Leeds Beckett University Health Together team have provided the Trust with a wealth of information following their recent review of service user and carer involvement, all of which was succinctly collated and clearly presented. The review will allow us to make some really far-reaching and innovative changes, the results of which I have no doubt we will be seeing in many years to come. I would have no hesitation in recommending Mark and the team to other organisations as the service they offer is value-for-money, reliable and insightful.
Find out more about what people have to say about Health Together.
Touchstone is delighted to be delivering Healthwatch Leeds in partnership with Health Together, Leeds Involving People, Inclusion North and the people of Leeds. Health Together offered invaluable insight and made huge contributions during tendering and mobilisation of Healthwatch. Their national influence, academic rigour and ability to analyse the evidence, offering practical, applied solutions has brought strength to our unique voluntary and academic sector partnership.
Mark and Judy have been a huge asset to us in the public engagement on our latest JSNA. Their ability to combine expert knowledge with a genuinely people centred approach has helped stakeholders from all sectors engage positively with our JSNA and has made a real impact. Many thanks!
I have recently had the pleasure of working with Mark Gamsu from Health Together. I found him to be thoroughly professional and very supportive always prepared to go the extra mile. We particularly appreciated his understanding of community assets and how they could be developed.
Health Together have supported our Community Champion Scoping exercise - it has been a pleasure working with them their knowledge has helped shape our thinking and their collaborative approach has made all the partners working on this project feel included, we look forward to the report that they are producing for us which will help inform the business case we are developing.
The report is first rate and is challenging with enough 'prompts for discussion' that we are now discussing implementing several changes including an additional layer of support for our community engagement co-ordinator, champions at the highest levels of the hospice and developing a plan that creates a structure/model and focus to the work.
Centre for Health promotion research
Learn more about our team of multidisciplinary researchers undertaking real-world projects in the area of health promotion.
- The team have published widely in the area of community engagement.
- Article published in Health Services Journal in December 2015 ‘Move patient and public involvement from the margins to the mainstream’.
- A guide to community health interventions, was developed by Jane South, Professor of Healthy Communities in 2015 and has been published by Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England.
- Jane South co-edited an edition of Perspectives in Public Health which was published in July 2013. This includes: a guest editorial ‘Building the evidence base for health trainers’ written by Dr Shelina Visram and Professor Jane South; ‘A change of mind set: one health trainer’s view of the service’ by Tony Crawford (a health trainer in Leeds) and Jenny Woodward (Health Together); and ‘Addressing inequalities in health – what is the contribution of health trainers?’ by Judy White, Jenny Woodward and Jane South (all from Health Together). All these articles were published in Perspectives in Public Health, Special Issue on Community Health Workforce July 2013 Vol. 133 No. 4
- South, J., Branney, P. & Kinsella, K. 2011a. Citizens bridging the gap? Interpretations of volunteering roles in two public health projects. Voluntary Sector Review, 2, 297-315.
- South J, Sahota P,(2010) Harnessing People Power in Health Promotion, Primary Health Care, 20, 8 16-21
- We publish regular briefings on Government policy and are able to help organisations design their own bespoke community or patient engagement policies. One of our team, Mark Gamsu, has co-authored a briefing on Healthwatch with the Local Government Association. Useful to read alongside this is a further briefing on Healthwatch from the Local Government Association.
- How community resources can enhance clinical practice
- Improving health and wellbeing through community health champions
- Making an impact with Healthwatch
- Developing effective local Healthwatch