Introduction to the Playbook Programme

Breaking Barriers Innovations and Health Education England (HEE) are leading a series of pilot projects on place and the social determinants of health across England

Breaking Barriers Innovations and Health Education England (HEE) are leading a series of pilot projects on place and the social determinants of health across England. The pilots seek to provide a facilitated and comprehensive approach to the place-based development and delivery of health and social care services that can address the social determinants of health and wellbeing. 

BBI’s Playbook methodology provides a template based on four building blocks for addressing the social determinants of health, so that NHS, Local Authorities, and other partner organisations can work alongside residents in communities to create solutions in localities across the country. These building blocks are:  

  • strategic alignment 
  • resident and community engagement and co-design 
  • building professional skills, competence and the right culture 
  • service integration and innovation.  

Addressing an agreed issue provides a clear demonstrable value in a place-based approach and leave a clear proof of concept of how it was done for future champions of “Place” to follow.

The BBI Playbook programme is in line with the NHS Long Term Plan, which outlined the need to transform models of care over the next five years to provide more co-ordinated, proactive and personalised care and better health outcomes.   BBI’s aim is to work with up to 10 pilot areas and is currently active in 5 locations – Cornwall, Solent, Somerset, Essex and Kent.