Partnerships for Better Health

 Partnerships for Better Health

Funded by the Department of Health, 2009–2011

For further information, contact Tracey Bignall.

What are the aims of the project?

This 3-year project works with black and minority ethnic-led voluntary organisations, primary care trusts and social services departments to:

  • develop self-sustaining partnership working
  • share information and learning
  • embed equality in service provision
  • improve healthcare support for black and minority ethnic communities.

How will these aims be fulfilled?

Action learning sets

Using 'action learning sets',  we are helping organisations across the UK use the concept of ‘learning from doing’ to enable frontline workers to:

  • identify barriers to partnership working in their area
  • investigate these barriers and identify solutions
  • train staff to use different approaches to problem solving and explore what works and why
  • make use of evidence to effect change in services
  • agree a plan of action and carry this out
  • evaluate outcomes
  • highlight and disseminate good practice.

Evidence and support

The Race Equality Foundation provides support to help participants:

  • implement their action plans
  • facilitate change in policy and health care practice
  • reduce health inequalities and meet other healthcare targets.

Participants are also supported with evidence and good practice guidance from the Better Health Briefing Papers (external website).

What have we produced

See the  project pages for details of our Partnerships for better health work in 2008–2009 and 2009–2010

The following report summarises the project findings: