To contact the Health Together team please use the details below.
Director of Health Together,
Direct dial: 07780493024
Health Together Administrator,
Direct dial: 0113 812 1957
Health Together, CL 518,
Faculty of Health & Social Sciences,
Leeds Beckett University,
Leeds, LS2 8NU
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, and programme review and development.
Below are some examples of work we have done in each of these areas:
For further examples of our work and activities follow the link to Past Work and Events.
Research and evaluation
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 downloaded from the Health Trainers England website here.
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. The report can be viewed here.
Evidence and knowledge
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. For more information about the project and a full summary please visit the website.
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.
Training and Facilitation
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. Click here to see a sample course evaluation.
Programme Review and Development
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 review of community health champion provision in Lincolnshire. For the report of this scoping review, please click here.
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. The BDCT report can be downloaded here.
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. The report is here: Urgent Care Report.