Cornerstone Project Conference flyer imageJoin us as we explore how to embed the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector into Health & Social Care in a post pandemic world. 

Date and time: Wednesday 22nd September 2021, 9.30 - 12.45

Location: Zoom

This conference will feature speakers from the GLA , CCG, mental health services professionals and community leaders involved in delivering health & wellbeing services. 

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This event will:

  • Highlight the positive work of charitable and voluntary organisations during the pandemic to support local communities including active support for healthcare
  • Understand how the relationships that exist between some communities and statutory health providers / the state has affected responses during pandemic
  • Explore how systems can be transformed to improve working relationships between statutory health providers and local communities to improve health care design and health outcomes.

 Confirmed speakers include:

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This conference is aimed at

  • Directors of public health and other strategic leads who plan, commission, or provide local health and wellbeing initiatives
  • Local authorities, the NHS and other public sector organisations with a statutory obligation to carry out community engagement activities
  • Community and voluntary sector leaders
  • Funders
  • Members of the public


Workshops will be held on the following:

The Hackney Model

This workshop will explore Hackney’s Voluntary Sector assembly model which has created a structured process to deliver working relationships between the VCSE and the NHS. Hackney has so far raised £1.1M to support the local authority’s test and trace programme. The assembly is an exemplar of new processes leading to new and improved outcomes for local residents.

Speakers: Susan Masters & Jessica Lubin


Learning so far: the role of the of VCSE in shaping local health systems

In this session we will explore the role and impact of the VCSE in transforming local systems to improve outcomes and tackle health inequalities for the long term. Drawing on examples of VCSE-led partnerships funded through the Cornerstone Fund and more widely, we will examine how VCSE organisations are building relationships, developing shared purpose and putting the voice of residents at the heart of health and care to shift traditional power dynamics. We will discuss what it takes for VCSE organisations to drive systems change and how to seize opportunities as part of the current emphasis on place-based integrated health and care.

Speaker: Dawn Plimmer – Senior Head of Practice, Collaborate CIC plus guest speakers


The Flintshire Model – Rehumanising procurement, putting people at the heart of services

Flintshire county council is one of the leaders in co-designed procurement processes and integrating social value. This session will explore how the council transformed is procurement processes from a top down approach to a co-designed process which puts people at the heart of services creating better outcomes for local residents, a more sustainable commissioning culture and strengthened the council’s connection with local people and local communities.

Speakers: Olivia Hughes - Social Value Development Officer, Flintshire County Council; Hugh Stultz - Health & Wellbeing Project Coordinator, Community Links Bromley


Working with mental health care residents - The Greenwich model

Metro GAVS has worked with the local mental health alliance in Greenwich and has engaged local mental health care residents to understand their needs and concerns as people with long term mental health conditions. Come and hear how after a long, detailed and Covid disrupted engagement process Metro GAVS has harnessed user voice to begin the process of transforming services for some of the borough’s most vulnerable residents and how services are beginning to be reimagined in terms of proactive preventative services and how commissioners can be brought into this dialogue. The workshop will examine how user voice can be used a tool for health care transformation.

Speaker: Naomi Goldberg - Director of Strategy, METRO GAVS and guests


This event is funded by City Bridge Trust as part of the Cornerstone Project. 


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