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Realising the Value: putting people and communities at the heart of health and wellbeing

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realising-the-valueRealising the Value was an 18-month programme, funded by NHS England and led by Nesta and the Health Foundation. It sought to enable the health and care system to support people to have the knowledge, skills and confidence to play an active role in managing their own health and to work with communities and their assets.

The key lessons and recommendations are based on what they think it means to realise fully the value of people and communities at the heart of health and wellbeing – a ‘social model of health’ that combines a deep understanding of what matters to people, with excellent clinical care, timely data, and strong, sustained social support.

The system has committed to this broad agenda and work is underway to embed person- and community-centred approaches in national programmes and in the delivery of local services. There now needs to be a step change in ambition, leadership and alignment – combined with sustained implementation – to move from intent to action.

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Get Yourself Active aligns with the Realising the Value programme in that we believe that individuals should have the power to choose what is right for them in terms of their own wellbeing. Everyone should have the chance to discuss their wellbeing and what it means to them, and be provided with the options available to meet their desired objectives.

Disabled people should be able to choose a way of getting active in a way that is right for them, achieving the aims that matter to them. This could mean buying an adapted bicycle to lose weight or joining a local gardening club to meet new people.

Disabled people are at the heart of what we do which is why we work closely with Disabled People’s User Led Organisations (DPULOs) in local communities as well as the physical activity and sports sector, and the health and social care sectors to create a network of opportunities for disabled people. Person- and community-centred approaches are integral to the success of our programme, both at a national level as well as a local level.


1 thought on “Realising the Value: putting people and communities at the heart of health and wellbeing”

  1. An important limitation for me in going out to be active is that I need able bodied support to do so
    I pay for carer support to allow me to live at home but the care company is ( like most) staff restricted as difficulty sourcing carers in semi rural area and so very hard to be able to book any time for an escort activity

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