Co-operative working to reduce health inequalities
With ever-tightening budgets and changes in the approach to UK healthcare, local authorities are facing even greater challenges than ever before in reducing health inequality within their areas of responsibility. Service providers are looking for new and improved ways of working and, for some, this means teaming up with another provider or external partner for a common purpose - using their combined resources to provide greater efficiency and improved results. This category aims to recognise the best examples of co-operative working between different service providers and/or between the local authority and its external suppliers. These examples will demonstrate the positive benefits that co-operative working can have on healthcare in the UK
Open to any service provider in a local authority dealing with health inequality, this category will examine how entrants have used the skills and resources of different providers to find an effective solution where health inequality clearly existed. Entries should clearly demonstrate:
- A reduction in health inequality within a given area, showing what the challenge was
- How the co-operative working came about and what the lasting benefits are for all involved – both employees and customers.
- Entries can also include examples of co-operative working between a local authority and an external partner.