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System change

How we will change the way we work with people experiencing Multiple Disadvantage.

We aim to change the way we work with people experiencing Multiple Disadvantage (MD). We aim to see the whole person, not just their single issues, and the whole picture of how they interact with every service, not just the view of a single service. 

By doing this, we can better meet the needs of people experiencing MD and improve their quality of life.

Our system change goals

Our goals are focused on building capacity and capability in the system, such as developing data and learning approaches, or developing our Strategic Partnerships. We will also be focused on delivering a range of systems-change and service improvements, with some projects already underway, including the violence against women and girls (VAWG) and Multiple Disadvantage project and the Blue Light project.

We know that we have to take a systemic-change approach to identifying, prioritising and solving the most difficult challenges.

This means developing and defining a deeper understanding of these systemic problems. We will work collaboratively with partners, and people with lived experience, to consider novel and innovative solutions. If applicable we will quickly create small-scale interventions and pilots to test new service solutions and ways of working, including needs-led interventions for specific cases. 

We have an opportunity to use our collective voice and expertise in Westminster. We can share learning,  inform and influence national policy development and cross-cutting policy priorities. We can provide evidence for the most impactful models, and direct the government to the points in the system that need to be changed.

Multiple Disadvantage Strategic Partnership

Our new Multiple Disadvantage Strategic Partnership, also known as the MD Systems Change (MDSC), Group, is crucial to achieving these system goals. We are bringing together senior leaders with authority and influence, and those with lived and learnt knowledge and experience.

They will be responsible for making sense of the system, its challenges, barriers, and opportunities, and builds consensuses, and the mandate for, system improvements & service transformation. The Partnership will influence the strategic thinking and direction of MD support and services in Westminster, helping to set a bold ambition of delivering lasting system change.

Systems leadership training

We are commissioning a specialist provider to deliver training focused on systems change within the context of supporting people with multiple disadvantages. This will be focused on equipping staff with the skills and knowledge to understand the fundamentals of systems change theory and how to apply this.

Find out more about systems leadership training

Published: 31 October 2022

Last updated: 31 October 2022