Health Together

The Health Together team believe in the power of active citizens to improve health and wellbeing and help tackle inequalities

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Health Together

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.

Judy White Health Together

Who we are

  1. Our mission

    • 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.

  2. Our service

    • 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.

Business Consultancy

Research outputs


  • 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 


Professor Jane South - Health Together

  • Email Us
  • Health Together, CL 518, Faculty of Health & Social Sciences,  Leeds Beckett University,  Leeds, LS2 8NU