Headlines: August 7th, 2000

A new project aims to provide new insight into effective community involvement in health. Consultation with stakeholders underwrites many of the initiatives of this Government, but while some organisations have had made some headway, success requires sustained effort and acting upon what communities say, if participants are not be become disenchanted. Such consultation is at a relatively early stage in health.The Strategic Action Programme for Healthy Communities is being run jointly by the University of Liverpool, the University of Salford and the King’s Fund, with support from the Department of Health. The five organisations chosen to participate in the programme are: Brighton and Hove Council, Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth Health Authority, Milton Keynes Primary Care Group, North East Derbyshire Primary Care Group, North West Regional Development Agency. The programme will run until March 2001. A more detailed summary of the work involved can be found on the King’s Fund web site at www.kingsfund.org.uk/saph