Building Health Partnerships: Closer Collaboration in Hull


Our Building Health Partnerships work in Hull focused on developing collective systems to make collaborative working in health and care across the city and surrounding area much easier.

Hull 2020 had already set out a vision of a better future where all organisations work together as one system. The Hull group wanted to use BHP to support them to get the most out of their developing local partnerships – through collaborative commissioning, making the best use of local assets and developing a common measurement system.

The Impact

Hull’s involvement with BHP has led to a number of activities and actions supporting greater co-operation between the sectors, improving health and care outcomes for individuals these include:

Collaborative re-commissioning of the Social Prescribing Project: The re-commissioning of Social Prescribing Project will explore an Alliance contracting model and has greater involvement of the VCSE sector than before.  The working group established through BHP is co-designing the service specification.

Social Value: BHP has brought together the procurement teams at the Council and CCG to share their work on social value. They are now focusing on the development of a shared framework, involving other commissioners such as the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Joint initiatives: Many of the participants have developed partnerships and are working on joint initiatives as a result of being involved with the BHP programme, for example:

  • Preston Road Women’s Centre is working in partnership with housing landlords to develop a legal services model.
  • Humber Sports Partnership has developed the Young Fit Fans initiative around health and employment support, in partnership with Hull Kingston Rovers.
  • The Warren (a youth support organisation) has moved into social enterprise with a street food initiative.
  • Successful bid for money – from a joint application by Yorkshire Mind and Humberside Foundation Trust.


BHP in Hull provided an opportunity to add momentum to developing the joint CCG/Public Sector/VCSE Thriving Communities plan which sits under a Thriving Communities strategy for Hull 2020. The BHP group focused on three areas:

  • Social value and social capital
  • Person-centred outcomes for joint commissioning
  • Exploring new models of commissioning based on existing good practice.

The BHP’s focus on commissioning aims to measure, articulate and mainstream what works, and get to the next step in terms of the wider VCSE being involved as true commissioning and delivery partners to develop community capacity.

What we did

Four BHP sessions were held in Hull, with an excellent attendance from across the different sectors; including senior representatives from Public Health, the Chair of the CCG Board and major VCSE infrastructure, delivery and provider organisations.

These were facilitated sessions bringing together the different health and care initiatives, commissioners and providers from across the sectors. They helped create mutual understanding of what was already happening in Hull in health and care as well as generating productive conversations between individuals and organisations who had not met before.

The BHP group also received expert input on social value and co-design facilitation looking at potential blockages to more collaborative working. The re-commissioning of the Social Prescribing Project was used as a live case study to explore and trial ideas around more collaborative commissioning across the sectors.

The future

The group will continue to meet and take forward their BHP work, which will lead to the;

  • Development of a shared social value framework for Hull – with different organisations or sectors developing a ‘menu’ of potential social value activities that support the outcomes of the framework.
  • Tendering of the co-designed social prescribing contract. 
  • The final BHP implementation session focused on Legacy: Hull is committed to an ongoing BHP group, and the final session focused on how that should evolve and how it fits best with other structures in the city to ensure maximum effectiveness as a bigger voice for the VCSE and the ‘go to’ place for statutory organisations to work alongside the VCSE.