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Guidance on working with CCGs published

Sitra in conjunction with the NHS Alliance has published guidance about how housing organisations can work more effectively with Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). Government policy and guidance makes it clear that health bodies should be looking at new models of care that include a greater emphasis on prevention, working in close partnership with a range of providers, and recognising the social dimensions of health conditions. In terms of the public sector they are the really big players in terms of resources, and high profile in terms of social policy priorities, so cannot be ignored by any organisation concerned with supporting the vulnerable and addressing social. On the other hand CCGs and individual GPs do not have much knowledge as to how housing providers could be of benefit to them and have very little time or space to find out. This guidance provides lots of practical tips as to how to approach this question and context to inform you. The key as ever is to do your research – make it clear how your work meets their priorities – particularly in relation to specific health conditions – and find the right person to talk to. It is also far more likely to be successful if you are part of an umbrella of organisations involved in a single conversation. See the report and other relevant publications

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