Addressing inequalities

Following last year’s successful bid for community transformation funding, OneNorwich Practices (ONP) became a key partner in delivering the INTERACT (Integrated Anticipatory Care Team) project. This will be funded until 2024, with additional funding coming from the Better Care Fund allowing us to further expand the project.

INTERACT works both proactively and reactively to support anyone living with frailty in inappropriate housing.
The team includes care coordinators, social prescribers, volunteer coordinators and housing support officers in a multi-agency approach and has supported people with house moves, hoarding, decluttering and housing adaptations.

Tracy Williams was appointed as health inequalities lead for the Norwich Primary Care Network (PCN) in February of 2022 and has been working closely with ONP and Integrated Care Board (ICB) colleagues to develop the PCN’s health inequalities strategy that will be published in due course. 

In addition to this, Tracy has also supported the inclusion health Locally Commissioned Service (LCS), to which 12 practices have signed up to support health inclusion groups in accessing general practice and healthcare more widely.

Norwich City Council work on Reducing Inequalities Target Areas (RITAs) continues to influence strategic thinking, with some projects being piloted in those areas. ONP now also has a seat on the place-based Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Partnership Group led by Norwich City Council. With this in mind, a number of proposals are currently being worked up to further support health inclusion groups within the PCN, with a particular focus on the national Core20Plus5 approach as well as the Impact and Investment Fund indicators.