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Verity Wilkinson-Cunningham

Verity Wilkinson-Cunningham

Senior Mental Health Commissioning Manager and Population Health Fellowship 2023 alumni., East Riding of Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership

Verity is a Senior Mental Health Commissioning Manager at East Riding of Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership, which is part of NHS Humber and North Yorkshire Integrated Care Board (ICB). She is also an NHS England Population Health Fellow, having completed her fellowship in September 2023.

Her current portfolio spans across all ages, from Access to Children's Mental Health Services, to Adult Community Mental Health, to Memory Assessment and Dementia Treatment. Her portfolio also includes Inclusion Health projects such as Rough Sleepers Mental Wellbeing, and Concurrent Substance Use and Mental Health. Verity joined the NHS in 2020 from a career in the voluntary sector working with Mental Health, Respiratory Health and Substance Use.

Verity is passionate and aspirational about providing co-produced and collaborative approaches to designing and delivering health care initiatives. She places a strong focus on social justice and the art of the adjacent possible. She uses every opportunity to explore different population health, prevention, systems thinking, person-centered and trauma informed health and care approaches in her work.
Fellowship project summary: “What can we achieve with the capacity of 3 Social Prescribing Link Workers, one afternoon per week? Inspired by the Brazilian model of Community Health Workers, my project focused on the adjacent possible, in an area of high deprivation in Selby, North Yorkshire. Working with strong system partners, we used local data to take an assertive approach, and we learnt more about the local neighbourhood than ever before. What followed was a legacy which continued to this day, and the local implementation of the model that inspired us radically repurpose what we had at our fingertips."

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