NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence in England has published a new Guideline on “Community engagement: improving health and wellbeing and reducing health inequalities”. This covers community engagement approaches to reduce health inequalities, ensure health and wellbeing initiatives are effective and help local authorities and health bodies meet their statutory obligations. The guideline covers recommendations on:
- overarching principles of good practice – what makes engagement more effective?
- developing collaborations and partnerships to encourage alliances between community members and statutory, community and voluntary organisations to meet local needs and priorities
- involving people in peer and lay roles
- making community engagement an integral part of health and wellbeing initiatives
- making it as easy as possible for people to get involved.