Self care, engaging patients, and cake! A roundup of our latest event

24 Oct 2016 Nadia Tavana

Healthy Communities: Supporting Self-Care and Empowering Bristol’s Citizens

After months of planning, organising and more planning, we hosted our healthy communities event alongside Healthy Cities Week on 20 October. And at Bristol Community Health, we don’t do things by halves; this event was no exception. Featuring a live panel debate (broadcast on Ujima FM), our 5th birthday celebration, and a look at the exciting ways we are engaging more patients than ever, there was no shortage of things to get involved with. Take a look below for a quick round up of the day.

a room full of people seated around tables with balloons as centrepieces.
Delegates at our healthy communities event at the Trinity Centre.


Working hand in hand with patients and communities

We started our day with a look back at the work we have done to meaningfully engage patients, carers and communities in the work we do – after all, who is better placed to help shape our healthcare than our patients!

You can take a look at the presentations below, to get a feel for what we covered:

Collaboration with the voluntary sector
The impact of volunteering
Patient and public empowerment review
Patient leadership information

a group of people seated around a white round table
Delegates sharing ideas in our voluntary sector workshops.

Mind the gap! Should the NHS promote self-care to become more sustainable?

A debate on the NHS is sure to get many people talking, and our debate wasn’t short of interesting questions and discussion. Questions around whether patients and the NHS are ready for more self care were all broadcast live on Ujima Radio, and we saw lots of audience participation and knowledgeable answers from our expert panel (you can see who they were in this panel biographies document).

a row of people seated along a white tables infront of microphones.
Our panelists ready for our self care debate.


We are 5!

We have a confession – we like cake. And so when we decided to include a 5th birthday celebration in our event, we quickly decided that a big cake would be the best way to celebrate.

Cake aside, we took the time to recognise our achievements over the past five years with the launch of our new impact infographic (it’s a quick and easy way to understand a bit more about what we do). To mark the occasion, we also hosted a photography exhibition of our staff, all the photos for which were taken by young people from Babbasa.

brightly coloured balloons
Celebrating our 5th birthday!

What next?

After a little time to gather our thoughts (and finish off the remainder of the cake) we would like to take the time to thank everyone who attended our event. We loved welcoming you all there and hope you enjoyed the day. If you did attend, and didn’t get a chance to complete a feedback form (it was a very busy day!) then you can download the feedback form. We would really like to know what you thought.

If the day has inspired you and you want to get involved with what we do across the city of Bristol, why not take a look at our new patient leadership programme, participation community, or even our latest vacancies.

large white boards with black photo frames hanging from them
Our photography exhibition, with photos taken by young people from Babassa