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Building a healthy and health-creating society: Partnerships between the health creators, NHS and government

By Andrew Sansom 23 Oct 2020 0

This final webinar in the series ‘Building a healthy and health-creating society’, organised jointly with Lord Nigel Crisp, author of the new book ‘Health is made at home, hospitals are for repairs’, was facilitated by New NHS Alliance and kindly supported by WSP. It discussed how partnerships between all sectors work in practice today and what they could contribute to the future.


In 1948, all the UK providers of health services came together in a national health service available equally to everyone. Today, we need a new coming together of all the organisations that help create health as part of building a healthy and health-creating society.
Last year, New NHS Alliance issued a manifesto, ‘Get health creation done’, in which it called on all organisations, including the NHS, to equip workers with the following skills: listening and responding; trust-building; truth-telling; strengths-focus; self-organisation and power-shifting. These are described as the key skills used in effective and transformative asset-based community development that works at multiple levels, including the cultural, political, personal and interpersonal.
Commenting on the critical role of communities, the manifesto underlines how local authorities, the voluntary and community sector, housing, schools, local businesses, and community-based health workers, such as primary care, must refocus and place people and communities front and centre – adding that “they must work as equal partners with them to find and create solutions that work”.
The webinar panel includes:
Alastair McLellan, editor, Health Service Journal
Merron Simpson, CEO, New NHS Alliance
Lord Victor Adebowale, independent crossbench member of the House of Lords; chair, NHS Confederation
Professor Donna Hall CBE, chair, New Local Government Network
Dr Gillian Orrow, GP and community development lead, Healthy Horley PCN
Lord Nigel Crisp, Independent crossbench member, House of Lords; former CEO of the NHS in England, 2000-2006
The webinar was supported by WSP, one of the world's leading engineering professional services consulting firms, consisting of technical experts who design and provide strategic advice on sustainable solutions and engineering projects around the world. As a future focused and collaborative business WSP sponsored the webinar to demonstrate its support for partnerships between the health creators, NHS and government to help societies thrive and enable a sustainable future for all.
The webinar series followed on from the launch of Health is made at home, hospitals are for repairs, a new book authored by Lord Nigel Crisp, former chief executive of the NHS, in which he tells the stories of the ‘health creators’. These are the people all over the UK who are tackling the causes of today’s major health problems – loneliness, stress, obesity, poverty and addictions – in their homes, workplaces and communities.