Our Work

Working with you collaboratively

Our model of working is rooted in working collaboratively, engaging with the voluntary and community sector, to bring community voices into decision making around health and promote an assets based approach. We offer a flexible and bespoke service and are happy to undertake very small commissions as well as larger ones.

we have particular expertise in:

  • Research and evaluation
  • Developing knowledge and evidence
  • Training and facilitation
  • Programme review and development.

Our Services

We can undertake scoping reviews to establish the evidence in relation to particular aspects of community engagement. For example we undertook a large study called People in Public Health which looked at approaches to developing and supporting lay people in public health roles.

Four evidence reviews and two evaluations of Community Health Champion programmes for Altogether Better have been completed – these can be accessed on their website.

In 2015/16 we were commissioned by Touchstone to undertake research into the mental health needs of black women and Roma men.

We offer seminars, workshops and bespoke whole day training events on all aspects of community engagement including policy, practice and evaluation – both for commissioners and service providers and for communities themselves. We are accredited with the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) as a training centre and run occasional training programmes mainly for health champions.

We are experienced in undertaking both large and small scale research and evaluation, specialising in qualitative methods which focus on assessing patients, users and other stakeholders’ views as well as on evaluating outcomes. We have developed an evaluation framework to use when assessing citizen involvement in neighbourhood planning.

For example we have conducted evaluations of Health Trainer Services in Bradford, North Lincolnshire, Scarborough, East Riding and Kirklees. These can be found on the Health Trainers England website .

Jane South and Jackie Green from the Centre for Health Promotion Research are authors of “Evaluation.” This definitive book from 2006 combines the theory and principles of evaluation with practical implementation.

In 2014 Bradford City Clinical Commissioning Group asked Health Together to evaluate their pilot programme ‘Bradford Beating Diabetes’. Bradford has since become an NHS demonstrator site as part of the first ever at-scale National NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.

In 2015/16 we were commissioned by Touchstone to undertake an evaluation of ‘Sadee Smile’ a diabetes education programme for the South Asian Community in Leeds.

We are available to act as consultants to any agency wanting to set up a programme to engage communities or patients, covering all stages of development from reviewing existing provision or developing an initial idea, then programme design and implementation, through to monitoring and evaluation. For example, in Spring 2013 we undertook a scoping review of community health champion provision in Lincolnshire.

In 2014 we undertook a review of Bradford District Care Trust’s Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) strategy and processes. The aim of the review was to assess how effective the current PPI strategy and processes were, in order to be able to plan how to take them forward in the future. 

In early 2015 we took part in a review of urgent care conducted by NHS Leeds North Clinical Commissioning Group of, analysing user views of Urgent Care Services in Leeds.

We can undertake scoping reviews to establish the evidence in relation to particular aspects of community engagement. For example we undertook a large study called People in Public Health which looked at approaches to developing and supporting lay people in public health roles.

Four evidence reviews and two evaluations of Community Health Champion programmes for Altogether Better have been completed – these can be accessed on their website.

In 2015/16 we were commissioned by Touchstone to undertake research into the mental health needs of black women and Roma men.

We offer seminars, workshops and bespoke whole day training events on all aspects of community engagement including policy, practice and evaluation – both for commissioners and service providers and for communities themselves. We are accredited with the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) as a training centre and run occasional training programmes mainly for health champions.

We are experienced in undertaking both large and small scale research and evaluation, specialising in qualitative methods which focus on assessing patients, users and other stakeholders’ views as well as on evaluating outcomes. We have developed an evaluation framework to use when assessing citizen involvement in neighbourhood planning.

For example we have conducted evaluations of Health Trainer Services in Bradford, North Lincolnshire, Scarborough, East Riding and Kirklees. These can be found on the Health Trainers England website .

Jane South and Jackie Green from the Centre for Health Promotion Research are authors of “Evaluation.” This definitive book from 2006 combines the theory and principles of evaluation with practical implementation.

In 2014 Bradford City Clinical Commissioning Group asked Health Together to evaluate their pilot programme ‘Bradford Beating Diabetes’. Bradford has since become an NHS demonstrator site as part of the first ever at-scale National NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.

In 2015/16 we were commissioned by Touchstone to undertake an evaluation of ‘Sadee Smile’ a diabetes education programme for the South Asian Community in Leeds.

We are available to act as consultants to any agency wanting to set up a programme to engage communities or patients, covering all stages of development from reviewing existing provision or developing an initial idea, then programme design and implementation, through to monitoring and evaluation. For example, in Spring 2013 we undertook a scoping review of community health champion provision in Lincolnshire.

In 2014 we undertook a review of Bradford District Care Trust’s Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) strategy and processes. The aim of the review was to assess how effective the current PPI strategy and processes were, in order to be able to plan how to take them forward in the future. 

In early 2015 we took part in a review of urgent care conducted by NHS Leeds North Clinical Commissioning Group of, analysing user views of Urgent Care Services in Leeds.

Professor Jane South - Health Together

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