Prevention and wellbeing

Meet the Prevention and Wellbeing team

We're a dedicated team that across social care, health, public health, with partners across Council and the voluntary/community sector and wider community.  Our remit is to:

  • Promote independence, physical and mental wellbeing
  • Reduce ill health and preventable ill health and disability
  • Support and sustain carers
  • Encourage self-reliance, community cohesion, social enterprise and volunteering
  • Reducing demand on formal health and social care services
  • Create better outcomes

Are you a volunteer or community organisation?

We can support you to promote your preventative services, meet other like-minded organisations and develop new resources to support residents in Barnet with health and social care needs.

  • Work with the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) to support the VCS to network and be sustainable
  • Supporting development of new preventative support in the community for adults
  • Developing tools for promotion of preventative support services – prevention offer documents, refreshing web content, provider drop in’s, talks
  • Deliver training - Prevention and Wellbeing;  Carers support;  Strength Based Practice (community knowledge section)
  • Promotes big / civil society, community cohesion, social capital and the prevention offer in the wider community e.g. Silver Sunday, Carers Week, Dementia Awareness Week
  • Support staff with creative support planning
  • Lead on Carers Strategy and Commissioning for carers support
  • Delivering prevention and wellbeing co-ordination
  • Delivering specialist early intervention and preventative initiatives- specialist dementia support team

Things we can do to support VCS

  • Join the VCS forum
  • IA guide for our vcs- next week will be done
  • Support us to improve co-ordinating info and advice- join the comm directory
  • Develop new activities in our community with you- e.g. developed dementia friendly swimming with Better leisure at Barnet Copthall, developed wellbeing treatments with Barnet Southgate College
  • Get involved in SW- summary of 2017 by end of next week, 2016 summary attached

What is P&W co-ordination?

Inspired by Local Area Coordination which is a long term, integrated, evidence based approach to supporting people with disabilities, mental health needs, older people and their families/carers.

  • Rather than waiting for people to fall into crisis, assessing deficits, testing eligibility and fitting people into more expensive (and increasingly unaffordable) services, it works alongside people to:
    • Build and pursue their personal vision for a good life
    • Stay strong, safe and connected as contributing citizens
    • Find practical, non-service solutions to problems wherever possible
    • Build more welcoming, inclusive and supportive communities
    • Co-ordinators should focus on a specific geographical area ideally with a population of  no more than 12-15000 people
    • Two key elements to the work of a Coordinator
      • Localised community engagement
      • Working alongside individuals to create better outcomes

Target cohort

  • Those most at risk of entering or about to enter the adult social care system. Including those triaged out at front door.
  • Impact on demand should be expected within 6-12 months of receiving the service.
  • Assumption - universal early support and prevention is out of scope.


  • Further developing our information & advice, signposting & navigation offer to create a robust local area coordination approach for A&C in Barnet and a stronger prevention offer.


  • A shift from triaging individuals away from ASC based on eligibility to one based on meaningful conversations and interactions at the first point of contact based on why they are contacting us to support preventing, reducing, delaying health and social care needs from escalating.
  • Embedding a strengths based approach to how we deliver ASC (including greater utilisation of a person’s own strengths & community connections, greater utilisation of community services, equipment and telecare to support people to maintain a life engaged in the local community without the need for formal Council support, stronger communities and better outcomes for adults).
  • Reducing demand (and so cost pressures) for adult social care services.
  • Strengths based commissioning to ensure resources are benefiting those most in need and the prevention agenda is a key consideration .
  • More community resources to meet health and social care needs through non commissioned solutions.

We have 3.68 Coordinators. 3 will be working in the following wards, with one (part-time post) focusing on digital coordination and some across the borough support:

  • Childs Hill
  • Edgware
  • Oakleigh

Prevention and Wellbeing Co-ordinators work with people to:

Think about what outcomes they want to achieve and how they can achieve them

  • Ensure there are sustainable solutions and long term plans where appropriate
  • Identify their strengths, skills and passions and how they may want to use these within their community
  • Access and find the information they want
  • Develop relationships and community links, meeting new people and reconnecting with people
  • Get more involved in their community through finding out about local activities and opportunities

[Would be good to put something about community directory]

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