Tower Hamlets Projects
Tower Hamlets Health and Advice Links project has been running since 2004 and provides advice sessions at 17 surgeries spread throughout Tower Hamlets. The project also actively promotes cross referrals between GP surgeries to ensure its approach is coordinated and robust. Trained advisors provide advice on a wide range of issues ranging from welfare benefits to housing and debt. The advisors also actively refer patients onto self-management of chronic condition courses, employment/training courses, ESOL and volunteering opportunities.
My Weigh is a community based weight management programme aiming to provide long term weight loss and maintenance of a healthier weight amongst overweight and obese adults. My Weigh offers a free one year programme, including healthy eating, physical activity and motivational coaching to groups of adults in Tower Hamlets. It is a partnership between Social Action for Health and Bromley by Bow Centre, funded by Public Health NHS East London and the City. This project is coming to an end in June 2014.
In East London, people in certain communities have some of the highest rates of heart disease, diabetes and poor health in the UK. Living with long-term conditions has a major impact on a person’s quality of life and on their family. This is a community based study on genes that has been set up to help in the fight against these and other major diseases. The project will work with people who are well within the Bangladeshi and Pakistani community in East London. The work will involve setting up and running community-based initiatives that invest in and explore future community health.
The purpose of this project is to develop a bespoke course which can support people with epilepsy to manage their condition better. The course is based on the expert patient’s model. 4 courses are being delivered in Hackney and Tower Hamlets based on the bespoke model. The project is being run in partnership between SAfH and the Epilepsy society.
Health Action Project
In 2012 Social Action for Health developed the Health Action Project in order to engage and support communities in Tower Hamlets to take action on local health issues. There are now 4 active groups working in different locations that have members who have been supported through training and mentoring. These include Stepney, Globe, Hanbury Street and the Ocean Estate. The Action groups are now attempting to tackle deep routed issues in their localities and have started to have some influence over how some services are delivered.
CCG Health Intelligence Project
This six month pilot project started in December 2013 and is aimed at working with patients from six GP surgeries that are recognized as frequent users of services. These patients will be taking part in weekly session that attempt to encourage and support patients to take more control of their health using their own health intelligence. The sessions are run by a team of Health Guides and Self-management tutors who use their vast knowledge and experience to coach people in leading a healthier lifestyle.
A User led User run African Caribbean group which offers friendship, support and a range of activities including a monthly lunch, keep fit, trips and tours. The group have also been involved in research, published poetry and stories from members.
Good Moves is a lifestyle change intervention programme which combines physical exercise, health information and goal setting for healthy lifestyle in a culturally appropriate manner. The course takes place in the local community for the local people who have diabetes or a long term health condition.
Peer support will provide a support network for vulnerable adults (especially people with disability) to build up confidence and self esteem so that they can claim full ownership and have a say in their own support package. Peer support network offers a platform for vulnerable adults especially those with disabilities to come and meet up every other month to talk about matters that affects them. By doing so it would increase their self awareness and awareness of others and most importantly increase their social support.
Maternity Services Liaison Committee (MSLC)
The aim of Newham and Tower Hamlets MSLC is to increase the capacity of local women to influence and shape maternity service delivery and policy. We do this by supporting, training and empowering local women from diverse communities to use their experiences of accessing maternity services to influence change.
Maternity Engagement Project
This 1year pilot commenced in April 2014 in Tower Hamlets with the aim of improving access to maternity information for local women particularly those from minority communities. The aim is to run weekly information and sessions to build awareness of local women’s maternal health services within Tower Hamlets and equipping women with the knowledge and know how of their maternal health and well being.
The Patient Leaders project is about developing a handful of people from Tower Hamlets to take leadership roles in influencing and changing health and social care in the Borough. We will be working with Healthwatch Tower Hamlets and the Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning during this two-year training programme.
Supporting the Education and Empowerment of Patients and Carers [SEEPAC]
Supporting the Education and Empowerment of Patients and Carers [SEEPAC]. We are working with Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary, University London [QMUL] to undertake an analysis of practice that educates and trains patient and carers in self-care or empowers them to manage health.
We conduct a range of training for groups and individuals. Working with Westminster Council we have recently ran a bespoke accredited training programme in Diabetes Mentoring: a community development approach. We have a partnership with WEA (Workers Education Authority) and the Open College Network who are helping us to accredit some of our training programmes.