The difference in healthy life expectancy between those living in the least and most deprived areas of the UK is 19 years. Social determinants—such as housing, education, friends and communities, family, employment and our surroundings—are increasingly recognised as the most important drivers of health outcomes and life expectancy.
Since 2015 NHS Leeds CCGs (CCGs) in partnership with Leeds Community Foundation (LCF) have invested over £2M in a Third Sector Health Grants programme to support new and developed local charities to improve health and well-being, prevent ill health and enable local people to lead healthier lives overall. The money has been distributed in grants to 77 local community projects, helping to support Leeds’ wider health and well-being ambitions including the shift towards prevention and self-management from traditional health care services. In addition to delivering against CCG and Leeds Plan priorities, our partnership has resulted in: increased capacity and expertise in the third sector; a local body of evidence about third sector health outcomes and also evidence of the value of working with a Community Foundation to deliver a major programme in order to support system change.
We have put together an Executive Summary which highlights the results of the programme over the past 2 years. A full report will be available in the New Year.
To celebrate these fantastic achievements, the CCGs and LCF joined forces with New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) and The Institute of Health Equity (IHE) on Friday 8th December to host a showcase event to discuss the important role non-health charities play in supporting the health and well-being of our local communities and the need to effectively report and evidence health outcomes.
The event brought together over 100 people including key stakeholders from the health, third and private sector.
The event also created a platform for NPC to launch their latest report: Keeping us well: How non-health charities address the social determinants of health.
A full set of presentations from the day can be found here.