The Forum is about to undertake one of the biggest local men's health projects ever commissioned.
The five year Men’s Health Improvement Programme for Lambeth and Southwark (MHIPLS) is being made possible through a grant from the Guy's and St Thomas' Charity, which backs innovation in health and healthcare in the area.
Life expectancy of men in Lambeth and Southwark at 77 and 78.2 years at birth respectively lags behind the national average and is lower than most other London boroughs. The two-stage project aims to improve men’s health outcomes and reduce health inequalities.
The first stage will be to identify and adapt best practice by building on existing local work and developing partnerships with local groups and organisations, beginning with a Community Men’s Health Needs Assessment (CMHNA). This initial community development stage will be carried out with the Centre for Men's Health at Leeds Metropolitan University.
The second stage will involve the development of an innovative suite of health campaigns, interventions and activities, designed to empower men and maximise collaboration between statutory, voluntary and commercial stakeholders. The programme will be robustly evaluated.
The community development work will be overseen by MHF policy officer David Wilkins. 'We have specifically reflected on the most recent Joint Strategic Needs Assessments for each borough in developing our objectives. At the end of the Scoping and Development stage we will also ensure that the final objectives we set fit with key health and social care priorities, including the Public Health and NHS Outcomes Frameworks. The first year of this project will provide groundwork and lay the foundations for the later delivery stages of the programme.'
Exactly what will be delivered depends on the CMHNA but it could include:
The MHF hopes the learning will shape the development of new products and services.
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