Have your say on five year health and wellbeing strategy for Newham
Residents are being invited 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.
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.
A five week consultation on the plan has launched today (Friday 30 June) with the results helping to shape the final strategy that will be agreed later this year.
The consultation can be completed online at www.newham.gov.uk/HWBconsultation and paper copies will be available at the borough’s libraries. People will have until 6pm on Friday 4 August to submit their comments.
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.
Since the implementation of the first Newham Health and Wellbeing Strategy in 2013 great strides have been made in integrating the work of partners to deliver health and care services for residents including:
- the introduction of a social care team at Newham University Hospital to provide seven day a week hospital social work services. This has helped Newham have the lowest delayed transfers of care for social care than any London borough between April and December 2016
- an agreement between the council and NHS Newham CCG for an ambitious programme of pooled funding of £120 million over three years through the Newham’s Better Care Fund
- introducing an award winning team within the council’s highly successful job brokerage scheme Workplace to provide specialist advice to help people with disabilities find work and assist potential employers be more confident in employing disabled people and to identify and create roles
- the council and NHS Newham CCG working more closely together to jointly commission children’s community, physical and mental health services
- significant progress in the targeted screening of local people for latent TB through the primary care TB service.
- continued improvement in diabetes care and prevention including increased referrals to exercise and education programmes to support people to self manage their condition.
Councillor Clive Furness, mayoral advisor for adults and health, said: "We are committed to helping our residents live long, active and healthy lives. This new strategy aims to underpin how the council, the NHS Newham CCG and others will work together to make this happen.
“We will be looking to build on the foundations already in place through the current strategy. However, we know there is still much to do which is why we need to be ambitious in our plans. I hope as many people as possible take the opportunity to make their voice heard in this consultation as it could benefit everyone living and working in our borough.”
Dr Prakash Chandra, local GP and chair of NHS Newham CCG, said: “As a CCG, we are committed to working with Newham Council to make sure that everyone living and working in Newham has access to the services they deserve, and that they are co-ordinated and tailored to meet their needs.
“To ensure we deliver top-quality health care, we want to hear the views of people who use our local services. Your feedback is really important and will help us to improve and shape our strategy for how care is delivered. I’d encourage everyone to get involved and give their views.”