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April 22, 2015

Plenty talk, not enough action

A few years ago, the lexicon of health care embraced some new jargon – co-production and co-design, asset based and community led approaches were everywhere. Back then, CHEX commissioned a report to assess whether community led health organisations had noticed whether any of this had started to become their lived experience. The report concluded that although there was a will on the part of many, the way had yet to be found and as such some major barriers were identified. A follow up study has just been completed to assess whether there’s been any progress since.




Little change in how influential community-led health organisations feel they are with agencies

In 2012, CHEX published Healthy Influences, which explored how influential Scottish community-led health organisations felt they were on policy and strategic decision making by public agencies. The research found that community-led health organisations contributed to local and national planning structures in a range of different ways, from responding to consultations to having representation within planning structures. However, the research also highlighted a range of barriers to involvement and influence, including limited organisational capacity, a lack of information and inaccessible buildings and documents.

This report highlights where and how collaboration and participation has been successful as well as further exploring seemingly persistent barriers to influence.

Download Healthy Influences 2015