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Digital and Social Media for the Health and Wellbeing Board

Friday, 12 October 2012 from 14:30 to 16:15 (BST)

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Do you think that microproviders can help people of Leeds achieve health outcomes?

Do you think patients, service users and carers are using digital and social media to support health and manage long-term conditions?

Do you want to influence local commissioning of services delivered through or supported by digital and social media?

If the answer to these questions is YES, I want you to tell the Health and Wellbeing Board how digital and social media can improve health outcomes in Leeds.

The Health and Wellbeing Board are making visits in the City to find out about preventing hospital admissions, and  what is needed at their level (e.g. joined up commissioning) to enable local solutions to thrive. I’d really like them to understand your work, and what you need to be ‘unlocked’/ supported at city level to help you to do well. There is a strategy for health and wellbeing so its not a matter of re-working that (it’s much as you’d expect), more of what this group needs to do to make the strategy work.

You may own a small or medium sized business working within tech and health, be a micro-provider of health and wellbeing services using digital and social media, you may be a service user, carer, or patient who finds digital and social media resources help you manage your health and wellbeing.

All of these groups are welcome to come along and chat with our local Health and Wellbeing Board on Friday October 12th about how they can facilitate this activity in Leeds. We'll be meeting at Old Broadcasting House on Woodhouse Lane.

We will get together in an informal atmosphere with tea and biscuits to discuss the ideas we think are most important for the Health and Wellbeing Board members to consider.

There are also several opportunities to share great ideas and best practice, focussing on  local services or business that you would like the Health and Wellbeing Board to consider recommending to the commissioners.

The Board members will come prepared with questions and I hope you will have questions for them. I’d like to visits to stay focused on what would be useful at their level, so that they don’t get tempted to over manage things that are well managed now, and I’d like them to have some time with service users and if possible their carers so they understand how service users see the issues and what they need from the City.

The Health and Wellbeing Boards are the way the public get to influence the new commissioning structures set up after the changes to the health service in the wake of the Health and Social Care Act. Our local commissioning structure involves the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) made up of GP practices in the city. The Health and Wellbing Board act to ensure the services commissioned for the city are what our population wants and what works.

For more information about Health and Wellbeing Boards, please see the Department of Health information here: http://healthandcare.dh.gov.uk/hwb-guide/


Background information about the context for social networks in health and wellbeing

Sociologists are increasingly studying network effects on health. Social networks influence health through various mechanisms including ‘provision of social support (both perceived and actual), (b) social influence (e.g., norms, social control), (c) social engagement, (d person to- person contacts (e.g., pathogen exposure, second-hand cigarette smoke), and (e) access to resources (e.g., money, jobs, information) (Berkman & Glass 2000, in Smith and Christakis 2008: p.406). Network structures, functions and effects have been explored in the context of information behaviour, and how influence in diffused: Social networks are imperceptible yet significant entities, because power lies in informal communication structures that exist beyond the confines of formalized organisational structures. In effect, organisational contexts shape social networks, and research has shown that an organization‘s’ social networks are where authentic work gets done (Cross and Parker 2004). Cross and Parker (Cross and Thomas 2011) noted how social network participants in their study were either energizers or de-energizers, and one’s social make-up influenced how the network operates and also the productivity of members in the network. 

Walton and Cohen’s (2011) randomized field experiment raised some notable findings, including how the power of a brief intervention to dispel concerns about belonging, improved the grades of African American pupils over a three year period. Walton and Cohen found that a short-term social-belonging intervention improved the academic and health outcomes of underserved students, however the effectiveness of socio-psychological interventions is dependent upon contextual factors, which are in turn are not likely to be successful in contexts that omit learning opportunities (2011). An idea or particular innovation can appear yet disappear quite quickly, or may make a noteworthy impact into the wider population (Kempe, Kleinberg et al. 2003). Gowen and colleagues found that the vast majority of young adults with mental health problems engage in social networking activities that are specifically designed for their population. Social networking helps to direct people to information based sources, identify resources on independent living skills and address feelings of isolation(Gowen, Deschaine et al. 2012).


Malby B, Mervyn. Social Networks: An Additional Brief Literature Review for The Health Foundation. CIHM May 2012



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Woodhouse Ln,
LS2 9EN Leeds
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Friday, 12 October 2012 from 14:30 to 16:15 (BST)

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