There are several strategic-level concepts being discussed across NHS Wales right now – ideas like prudent healthcare, co-production, and shared decision making. These promise to be transformational – not just changing what services NHS Wales delivers, but how they are delivered as well.
The key theme in all these big ideas is closer partnership working between the people delivering healthcare and the people using the services. But how does this work in practice? How can we take abstract ideas and make them a reality?
Recently, I chaired Empowering Communities to Better Health, a fascinating online seminar on how to engage with people to produce healthier communities. This was a truly international occasion – hosted here in Wales with contributors from New Zealand and the USA.