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HSJ Awards 2015: Halton CCG and Wellbeing Enterprises CIC

Halton CCG and Wellbeing Enterprises CIC

Optum 2015

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Halton Clinical Commissioning Group and Wellbeing Enterprises CIC – Wellbeing practices

Life expectancy for both men and women in Halton is below the national average, while people in the borough are living a greater proportion of their lives with an illness or health problem that limits their daily activities. 

In 2012, Halton Clinical Commissioning Group commissioned Wellbeing Enterprises to run the Community Wellbeing Practices initiative to integrate approaches from all 17 GP practices in the borough. 

The scheme aimed to help patients in primary care access support to address the social problems in their lives. A comprehensive range of psychosocial support programmes have been developed, with health promotion principles at their core. 

HSJ Awards 2015 - Winner - Primary Care Innovation

A team of dedicated community wellbeing officers provide training and support to enable practitioners to identify and respond to the psychosocial needs of patients. 

Wellbeing reviews aim to get to the root cause of a patient’s social problems and understand the patient’s skills and capabilities. Support includes a mindfulness programme, community resilience and confidence events, and a range of community wellbeing projects. 

More than two-thirds of participants in the scheme have shown an improvement in their scores on the Short Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale. 

Judges said the scheme was a “passionate exemplar of what the future could look like”.


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  • Isle of Wight Trust with Pinnacle Health Partnership – Preventing hospital re-admissions with an innovative reablement service
  • Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group – Improving clinical quality in Gateshead: practice clinical commissioning project 
  • Newham Clinical Commissioning Group – Innovation in treatment of latent tuberculosis through primary care  
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  • Sussex Community Trust on behalf of Coastal West Sussex Collaboration – Coastal West Sussex proactive care

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