The lack of a single, coherent strategy for older people posed a great risk for the Local Strategic Partnership in the London Borough of Havering; an area with the highest percentage of over 65s in London. As a hot political topic and in the context of increasing demand and reducing budgets, there was a real need to define a clear vision and strategy that could be shared across organisations.
Bluemarble worked with the Chief Executives and senior stakeholders to define an Older People Vision and strategy across the partnership, including the voluntary and third sectors. Using the Solution Centre principles to design and deliver a range of workshops, we worked with representatives at all levels within the partnership to identify more efficient ways of meeting the needs of today’s older people, while building solid foundations for future generations.
We established a Chief Executives’ Group to act as a Programme Board, with members from the Council, PCT, health providers and the voluntary sector. Bluemarble developed a single programme view and cost/benefits framework, enabling the Programme Board to make evidence-based commissioning decisions on prevention projects with short, medium and longer term benefits.
“Thank you for all the work you have done on the 50+ strategy. There has been good engagement with local stakeholders, identification of key priorities and the start of a model which analyses cost/benefit in terms of reactive and preventative spend. This has put us in an excellent position to move forward."
Acting Joint Director of Public Health, NHS Havering/London Borough of Havering