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Who I am working for

Here are some of the people I am working with at the moment. Please get in touch through the comments page at the bottom if you would like to discuss projects.

Current Work 2016 – all with Leeds Beckett Health Together

Dorothy House Hospice – working with them on the strategic approach to engaging the Public

Bradford City and District CCGs – reviewing the work of the innovative Bradford Peoples Board

Voluntary Action Calderdale – reviewing their Quality for Health Kite Mark

Review of Healthwatch Warwickshire – commissioned by Warwickshire County Council

Work in 2015

Recovery Enterprises – Sheffield Flourish Project – enquiry into how digital tools can help people with mental health conditions September to December 2015

Activity Sheffield – Supporting the strategic development of this local authority department. March 2014 to September 2015

ECORYS – review of sustainability strategies of projects funded through the Department of Health Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund. Completed Autumn 2014

NHSE London – Facilitation in partnership with Joanne Devlin from PWC of a pan-London Action Learning Set for CCG lay members responsible for patient and public engagement. September 2013 to May 2014. The summary report is here – London CCG Lay Members Final vii NT January 2013 to March 2014

Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group – Non Executive Director with responsibility for Patient Public Engagement – from July 2013 to present

NCVO – consultancy support to Project Art Works helping them develop their forward strategy. Completed December 2013

University of East LondonDecember 2012 to 2013

Developing an Asset Based JSNA in Greenwich

Health TogetherApril 2012 to present.

Leeds Beckett University programme supporting citizen led approaches to improving health and reducing health inequalities. Work we are currently doing includes

  • Work for Healthwatch England developing and testing a set of Quality Statements for local Healthwatch
  • Review of Healthwatch Dorset – Autumn/Winter 2015
  • Support as a consortium partner with Healthwatch in Wakefield and Leeds – April 2013 to present
  • Review of Bradford District Care Trust Patient Public Involvement Strategy. A summary of this work is now available on the NICE shared learning portal here the full report which was presented to the Bradford District Care Trust is available hereCompleted February 2014
  • Support to work led by Jane Foot, Simon Rippon and Trevor Hopkins on Asset Based approaches to health and wellbeing.

other work Health Together has done includes:

  • Working with Locality to produce a briefing paper on the contribution of neighbourhoods and community anchor organisations to wellbeing – Summer and Autumn 2013
  • Work with Sheffield CCG supporting collaboration between the local voluntary sector and General Practice September 2014 to present

Walsall Council

In 2012 we worked with Walsall Council developing an Asset Based Approach to wellbeing in partnership with the Federation of Community Development Learning.

What Walsall said 

“I have recently had the pleasure of working with Mark Gamsu from Health Together. I found him to be thoroughly professional and very supportive always prepared to go the extra mile. We particularly appreciated his understanding of community assets and how they could be developed.”

Sheffield City Council – Spring 2013. Facilitation of JSNA consultation events and support to review of Health Communities Programme

Yorkshire and Humber Public Health Observatory October 2011 to present

Delivery of a region wide programme to support the development of Joint Strategic Needs Assessments across 15 local authorities in Yorkshire and Humber. The programme has on an emphasis on the social determinants of health, engagement of the voluntary sector and commissioning and decommissioning.

Current work includes developing approaches to strengthen the voice of the VCS in JSNA – this is in partnership with INVOLVE Yorkshire and Humber.

Moving to an enhanced JSNA temperature check across 15 local authorities – the report is available here

Voluntary Sector and JSNA Report is available here

UK Health Forum May 2011 to January 2014

Co-ordination of a €3m Equity Action a joint action programme working across 16 EU member states supporting them to improve impact of policy on the social determinants of health inequalities

University College London Partners January 2013 to October 2013

Working in partnership with Chris Drinkwater and Gail Findlay developing a collaboration between academia and the Ludwig Guttmann Centre (former Olympic Polyclinic) in Newham.

Local Government AssociationJuly 2012 to March 2013

Support to Health and Wellbeing Boards and the commissioning of Healthwatch

Institute of Health Equity October 2011 to the October 2013

Development of an indicator set for London Local Authorities to allow them to respond to the impact that the recession and government policy responses have on health inequality

One Comment leave one →
  1. Sue Stirling permalink
    January 8, 2012 20:31

    Hi Mark,

    How are you..hope you remember our meetings when trying to encourage third sector
    organisations (well a few of them!!) to become excited about JSNA’s….bit of an ask eh.

    Anyway came across your work and guess you have moved on and it looks as if you are doing interesting things. I too have moved on now working with the Good Governance Institute and of course this means living in interesting times…mentoring GP’s, developing governance of networks and so forth. My particular interest, as has been for a long time, are the health and well-being boards. Be good to be in touch and if we get the chance to swap ideas.

    Anyway keep up the good work.

    Sue Stirling

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