What is a Community Health Partnership (CHP)?
Community Health Partnerships (CHPs) are responsible for delivering local, community based healthcare in hospitals, health centres, clinics and schools. They do this by enhancing joint working relationships across the whole care pathway in terms of delivery of care models, ie. across the acute hospital setting into primary care and with social care services into the community, building on what is already established to improve health and tackle inequalities in health.
A Community Heath Partnership brings together public, voluntary and community organisations, local authorities and health services including independent contractors such as GPs and optometrists. Together, they co-ordinate and plan the delivery of health and social care services locally.
CHPs, in the context of single system working across the NHS in Fife, will form the cornerstone of many partnerships to deliver a wide range of joined up services.
There are three CHPs in Fife:
Glenrothes & North East Fife (population covered 129,518);
Dunfermline & West Fife (population covered 144,450);
Kirkcaldy & Levenmouth (population covered 100,192).
The aims of the CHPs are:
to make it easier to access all of the health and social care services
to enable service providers to work together to improve community health services
to address the issues that affect people's health and wellbeing
How will CHPs benefit people?
CHPs will use the combined expertise and skills of their staff to improve services and make decisions which make a difference to their local communities in order to make real change happen.
How will this be better for patients?
The CHP will deliver a range of patient and carer benefits, including improved access to assessment, diagnosis, treatment and care. They will put the needs of patients in the local communities first and decide which services meet the requirements of the people in their area. The aim is that every member of the community will feel that they can get involved and influence the way healthcare services are delivered right in the heart of their own communities.
How will this be better for staff?
The CHPs use the combined expertise and skills of staff to improve services. CHPs will support staff so they feel they can be involved in making decisions and setting priorities at all levels. TheCHP also promotes learning and new ways of working for staff.