This guideline covers community engagement approaches to reduce health inequalities, ensure health and wellbeing initiatives are effective and help local authorities and health bodies meet their statutory obligations.
The guideline complements work by Public Health England on community engagement approaches for health and wellbeing.
This guideline covers recommendations on:
- overarching principles of good practice – what makes engagement more effective?
- developing collaborations and partnerships approaches to encourage and support alliances between community members and statutory, community and voluntary organisations to meet local needs and priorities
- involving people in peer and lay roles – how to identify and recruit people to represent local needs and priorities
- making community engagement an integral part of health and wellbeing initiatives
- making it as easy as possible for people to get involved
Who is it for?
- Health and wellbeing boards, directors of public health and other strategic leads who plan, commission, scrutinise or provide local health and wellbeing initiatives in collaboration with local communities
- Local authorities, the NHS and other public sector organisations with a statutory obligation to carry out community engagement activities
- Commissioners of community engagement initiatives
- Community and voluntary sector organisations
- Members of the public
Guidance development process
This guideline updates and replaces NICE guideline PH9 (published February 2008).
The recommendations in this guideline represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, professionals are expected to take this guideline fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients or service users. The application of the recommendations in this guideline is not mandatory and the guideline does not override the responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or their carer or guardian.
Local commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to enable the guideline to be applied when individual health professionals and their patients or service users wish to use it. They should do so in the context of local and national priorities for funding and developing services, and in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities. Nothing in this guideline should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.