The NIHR CLAHRC Wessex team behind research looking at improving how people manage their long term conditions has been sharing their knowledge with health leaders in the region.
Liz James (who has been conducting research for CLAHRC Wessex) and Chad Oatley (Public Health Team, Isle of Wight Council) attended a meeting of the Public Health Information Group (PHIG) which took place in the Civic Centre, Southampton. PHIG includes the Wessex area including Dorset (Hampshire, Southampton, Portsmouth, Dorset and the Isle of Wight). The group was set up to support public health analysts in their job role by sharing knowledge, providing feedback from conferences/meetings, provide training opportunities, source outside speakers on new topics, keep everyone up to date on the ever changing world of data access/gathering/sources etc. Liz and Chad gave a presentation on the implementation of a web-based tool which introduces a social network approach to enhance support for people with long-term conditions. The tool (GENIE – Generating Engagement in Network Involvement) uses social network mapping to engage patients in reflecting on their needs and support together with facilitated preference and need assessment to help them access local support resources and knowledge and introduce practices related to lifestyle, illness management and behaviour change.