Health and wellbeing strategy consultation
In 2017, Newham Council and NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group invited residents and local organisations to comment on the Draft Newham Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2017 - 2022. The consultation ran for five weeks from Friday 30 June until Friday 4 August, 6pm 2017 and invited residents to have their say on a five year strategy by Newham Council and NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to help improve the health and wellbeing of people across the borough.
Below is a summary of the consultation and the draft strategy that was produced as a result of the consultation.
Draft Newham Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2017 - 2022
The strategy, covering 2017-2022, outlines how the council and CCG will work together to reduce health inequalities across the borough and help people lead healthier lives. It is designed to refresh the current Health and Wellbeing Strategy which comes to an end this year.
The new draft strategy is based on the borough’s latest health statistics, trends and challenges, information from partners on the Newham Health and Wellbeing Board, and views from residents gathered during listening events held earlier this year.
The new plan has four key priorities:
- A healthy environment - creating an environment where residents feel happy, supported and have access to opportunities to improve their lives. This includes continuing to tackle issues of housing quality and causes of homelessness; improving the local environment including parks, open spaces and air quality; and enhancing the economic resilience of residents through skills and employability.
- A healthy start - ensuring children and their families lead healthy and active lives. This includes tackling childhood obesity rates, increasing physical activity among children and young people, addressing the impact of social media on young people; increasing the reach of effective mental health support for children and young people and encouraging more people to register with GPs and dentists.
- A healthy mind - making sure partners treat mental and physical health with equal importance and recognise the link between the two. This involves having the support and advice needed to help people take control of their lives and become active members of the community by promoting enhanced health and wellbeing in the work place; and increasing education and awareness of mental health issues among health professionals and other public services.
- A healthy system - ensuring services are fit for purpose and able to meet increasing demand, focus on prevention, and effectively support people with long-term conditions. This is about delivering the right services, at the right place, at the right time and making sure all people are treated with respect and dignity and receive the most appropriate care.