Health and wellbeing in Newham

Why Well Newham was launched

There is extensive evidence that highlights the value of non-clinical support for many people who have clinical and social care needs across life stages, from young people to older adults.  

There is an increasing investment in social prescribing approaches through the new Primary Care Networks (PCNs) which provide an opportunity to build on existing work locally including provision through adult social care, the 150 club and Community Neighbourhoods teams.   

The new developments present a significant opportunity to take a system and programme approach across Newham to raise quality and reach, and ensure we are maximising our residents’ benefit from this work.   

This will include: 

  • Communications - building a brand identity and communications approach for the programme which builds a shared language among professionals and makes this work meaningful for residents, helping them to access support 

  • Health Champions - developing an approach around peer involvement through champions type approaches focussing both on generic health champions and condition or issue specific - e.g. Air Quality, Young People, Mental Health, Diabetes, TB, digital inclusion 

  • Workforce development – focusing on both frontline and people in social prescribing/navigator roles to ensure this kind of support increasingly reaches optimally across the borough and avoids duplication with an emphasis on: 

  • Developing a listening and strength-based approach with our residents’ and ensuring that frontline workers in health and social scare are routinely supporting patients and residents to access avenues of social support 

  • Building a systematic approach to developing link worker/navigator roles in the borough to ensure quality, avoid duplication and (over time) develop specialisms e.g. (young people, dementia, learning disabilities) 

  • Evaluation - an approach to monitoring reach and impact of Well Newham across Newham so we learn and can improve over time. 

Over time this partnership approach may support developments in different ways such as: 

  • Possible system capacity assessment and development of gap provisions 

  • System and service quality assurance and quality improvement  

  • Opportunities for external funding  

  • Work to support missing, hidden voices and populations  

  • The programme will be co-produced with our residents and partners. 

The Well Newham approach will aim to be shared across the council, with key NHS partners such as our Primary Care Networks, ELFT and Newham Hospital, and the community and voluntary sector.   

Initial conversations with partners including the CCG, the Newham Health Collaborative (GP Federation) and a number of clinical leads from primary care networks have been supportive. 

Well Newham governance  

Governance of the programme will sit under the prevention stream of the Newham Wellbeing Partnership and ultimately the Health and Wellbeing Board.