Health and social care initiatives across the South West

I recently attended a workshop hosted by the South West Academic Health Science Network to look at their research into a possible regional social investment fund.

As part of this there was a round-up of interesting pieces of health and social care practice involving the VCSE including Cornwall’s home-grown Carers Break CIC and the Cornwall Living Well programme

Some of the other initiatives that caught my eye included:

  • The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust’s new approach to partnership working, seeing itself as a community asset and hub for collaboration.
  • Integrated Care Exeter, a new strategic alliance of the public and voluntary sectors, looking at preventative, place based working, and funded through TCA monies.
  • Exeter Council for Voluntary Service (ECVS) reinventing their infrastructure role through investment in their building as new hub for people with severe and multiple disadvantage.
  • The South West Integrated Personal Commissioning Programme, capacity building person-centred integrated care ‘demonstrators’ across the region, with a view to embedding system-wide change.
  • Community Catalysts, building and supporting micro-enterprises delivering community- based personal care and support in Somerset.

The Cornwall TCA team is going to organise a road trip up to Exeter in the New Year to take a closer look at some of these initiatives.  If you want to join us, please contact Donna Peverley on



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