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Community Conversations about heath and care – tried, tested, tweaked and ready to roll!

At Just Ideas we are delighted to be working with longstanding partners WSA Community Consultants and new charity Engage Britain to support 100 conversations about health and care across Britain between now and May. This is part of Engage Britain’s Health and Care project – to get people talking about what matters most to them about health and care, and sharing ideas, stories and solutions. Then to ensure those voices are heard and ideas discussed by movers and shakers across health and care policy to put people’s voice and experience at the heart of decision-making. Find out more here.

We’ve had twelve conversations and the findings so far are full of rich insights about people’s frustrations, challenges, and hopes for health care across Britain. We want to be sure that, as well as generating a rich emergence of perspectives, ideas, celebrations and suggestions, the conversations are also useful and enjoyable for those taking part. And we wanted to reach those who are not always round the table talking about health and care. Here’s what we found from the first 12 conversations, with 77 people responding out of 94 participants:

  • Three quarters of participants said they had never previously been involved in similar conversations about health or care.
  • 99% said they enjoyed taking part in this Community Conversation.
  • 95% felt that taking part has been useful for myself and/or my community (e.g. sharing experience, developing networks or shaping or voicing ideas).

With this great feedback we are very excited about the next phase of the community conversations. We have a cohort of Community Conversation Hosts at the ready – training sessions are starting this coming week. And we’re still looking for more potential Hosts to come forward in the next couple of weeks – particularly from Scotland and East of England, and also those who might be able to host conversations with people working in health and care, and younger adults from anywhere in England, Scotland and Wales. If that might be you, do have a look at the leaflet explaining how to get involved – you’ll find it here and also here in Easyread, and here in Welsh.