The Wellness Learning Programme is a workforce and community learning initiative that is being co-designed with our Active Members and clients. The programme is based on the ‘Health Creation Framework’.
The Health Creation Framework has been developed through listening carefully to people with lived-experience and those people with a track record of working with communities to enable transformation.
It works because it is based on the lived-experience of disadvantaged people whose lives have been changed for the better – they tell us that these are the key things that made the difference to them.
The programme itself will develop further over time and will include online and offline elements. It will be informed by the insights gained through members’ work and our work with clients and partners.
Since we undertook the first audit with New NHS Alliance, we’ve found it to be a very effective way of enhancing the way we work to empower our residents and enable them to take steps towards wellness. We’re looking to apply this system to other teams and parts of our business. We do believe it really works! Helen Jaggar, Chief Executive, Berneslai Homes.
Read about developing a Wellness Workforce, by Merron Simpson here.
It helps participants to gain confidence in new ways of working and unlearning old ways where necessary. It involves peer-learning and it enables busy professionals to find the space and time for reflection and to experience the benefits for the workforce of working in a health-creating fashion.
It provides a common framework and language that supports the development of local social movements for health that can be used to develop wellness practices across the professional sectors, by communities and across the whole system. It helps to enhance frontline practices, develop positive partnerships between professionals and communities and change organisational culture – for the benefit of the workforce and the people and communities they support.
As a social movement ourselves, we create the enabling conditions for frontline practitioners, systems leaders and communities to learn together, and from each other through swapping insights and reflections from their own experience and learning journey.
Using our Health Creation Diagnostic Audit based on the five features of health creating practices, we can quickly assess how health creating an organisation’s practices are providing an external benchmark and quality assurance. It also identifies strengths and weaknesses providing a baseline to inform further learning.
Current elements include:
- The Health Creation Diagnostic Audit
- Learning workshops
- Action learning programmes
- Mentor-matching scheme
- Bespoke projects, advice and learning in:
- asset-based community development
- social prescribing exploded
- health creating pharmacy
- housing health initiatives
- health creation in multidisciplinary teams
- ‘Train the trainer’, to embed lasting learning within organisations and systems
- Step 1: Diagnostic audit of one or more service areas to assess the baseline position
- Step 2: Asset-based workshop to bring the five features to life and provide an opportunity for self-organised learning
- Step 3: Action learning, bespoke over 6-9 months, to support service redesign, lasting cultural change and initiate continuous self-organised reflective learning
- Step 4: Mentor-matching and training the trainer, to support lasting organisation self-learning in the longer term
- Step 5: Access to online community of practice, offering access to online resources and information exchange to support continuing development in Health Creation practice.
Learn how the programme embraces the 5 features of health creating practices
We listen and respond to what is already happening in a locality – building on what is already working there
We help organisations to understand their strengths and weaknesses through use of the Health Creation Diagnostic tool. This provides an accurate baseline upon which to design learning and development programmes
We help organisations to identify their own strengths and also draw on external good practice and excellence within our own network to bring the right people into the learning experience
We adopt the principles of self-organising within our learning experiences, enabling rapid spread of know-how and expertise throughout systems. We do this by empowering and encouraging professionals and communities to pass on their knowledge and experiences to others, for example, through development of an online sharing forum and offering ‘train the trainer’ learning programmes
We involve community members and people with lived experience within our learning programmes – especially those living within our clients’ localities. This helps professionals and communities to learn how to work with each other as equal partners, giving confidence to all parties as they find solutions together