An increasingly important dimension of partnership working is engagement with communities and citizens. This chapter explores this aspect of partnerships in some detail. It begins by analysing community participation as a basis for partnership and its potential to address public health challenges. Policy initiatives to extend and improve community participation and partnership are then examined, including reforms of the public involvement system in the NHS, other relevant participation initiatives and community development approaches. The primary focus again is upon England, although the experiences of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are also examined (see Box 5.3).
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