Over the past four years, we have made significant progress in working alongside patients, the public and other health and social care providers to develop high quality services that best meet the needs of our local communities.
Newham is a challenging borough for Patient and Public Engagement (PPE). Its hugely diverse population speaks over one hundred different languages and is highly transient - 20% of Newham’s population moves in or out of the borough every year. It is also a very young area. At the time of the 2011 census, it had the youngest population of any borough in the country.
Newham’s health situation too is far from straightforward. It has, for example, the highest birth rate in the country, above average rates of conditions such as obesity and diabetes, and significant numbers of local residents who suffer from mental ill health.
Against this backdrop, we have always believed that PPE is part of the solution to the borough’s health issues. We created a number of permanent PPE structures and contracted out their delivery to a local third sector organisation. More recently, we have also begun to design and deliver tailored engagement activities in-house.