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During the coming months, the local health and care system wants to better understand the views of the workforce and population in relation to wellbeing. We ran a range of co-design workshops across Torbay and South Devon, and are holding 1:1 interviews and ‘vox-pop’ interviews in a range of settings.

The co-design workshops were intended for professionals and volunteers who support people in the health and care system in South Devon and Torbay.

Co-design puts the end users of solutions and those who have to implement them - the experts of their experience - at the centre of the design process.

We believe the wider workforce can help co-design solutions to a series of challenges that have been identified by the South Devon and Torbay Prevention Board. Based upon the feedback gathered from our workforce and population so far, the challenge areas we asked opinion on were:

  • How can we further integrate our services, taking the next steps to further embed the Care Model?
  • How can we support our population in adopting healthy lifestyles? How can we best promote the principles ‘self-care’ and ‘prevention’, and what do you feel your role in doing that is?
  • How can we best support people (our workforce and population) to easily find the right information, most appropriate services and support tailored to what’s important to them?
  • How can we effectively reduce demand on our overstretched urgent and emergency care system?

Working together with people from across the ‘wellbeing system’, and with ICE Creates, we started to co-design solutions to these challenges at a series of workshops and developed diagrams (below) of what we wanted these to look like. Participants included those who work in health and wellbeing teams, primary care, secondary care, voluntary organisations, pharmacy, housing, public health, mental health and organisations supporting young people. The workshops were intended to stimulate discussion on how issues affect each town or area, as well as what it’s like across South Devon and Torbay.

During these co-design workshops, we worked together to prioritise the challenges that need to be overcome and co-design the first steps needed to overcome them. We also explored the roles we each play. The presentation given at the workshops is here.

Ashburton

Dartmouth

Paignton

Bovey Tracey

Dawlish

Torquay

New model

Brixham

Newton Abbot

Totnes