Healthy New Towns
NHS England is working with ten housing developments across England to help shape the future health and wellbeing of those soon-to-be communities. The overarching idea is to rethink how health and care services can be delivered uniting public health, NHS providers and Commissioners and planning and housing developers in building healthier places for us to live.
The NHS Five Year Forward View has committed to dramatically improving the health of the population. One of the ways it plans on doing so is by integrating health and care services into new communities as they’re built and take shape.
NHS England has set up 10 demonstrator sites for Healthy New Towns, these are:
- Whitehill and Bordon, Hampshire
- Cranbrook, Devon
- Darlington, County Durham
- Barking Riverside, London
- Whyndyke Garden Village, Fylde, Lancashire
- Halton Lea, Runcorn
- Bicester, Oxordshire
- Northstowe, Cambridgeshire
- Ebbsfleet Garden City, Kent
- Barton, Oxford
Each of the above links will give you specific details on the Healthy New Town demonstrator sites and the integrated health and wellbeing systems they make use of. Each demonstrator site has built its own partnerships and links with local authorities, housing developers and health and care providers.
The idea behind these demonstrator sites is to work out best practise for wider use as well as create case studies and guidance to assist in making sure all new housing developments are embedded with the key principals of health, wellbeing and access to high quality care services. With the eventual hope being that the programme becomes national and standard in the construction of all new developments.
“The Healthy New Towns programme has proved more popular than anyone could have predicted, uniting the NHS, housebuilders and local councils behind the goal of making us healthier and happier as a nation.
“Currently the demand to be part of the programme is outstripping supply so as the NHS turns 70, we are launching a new network of partners to ensure the great work done so far can have an even greater impact across the country and for years to come.”
Professor Jonathan Valabhji, national clinical director for obesity and diabetes at NHS England