Commenting on the launch of the New NHS Alliance manifesto for 'Heath Creation', Graham Duxbury, CEO of Groundwork said:
We welcome the recommendations in the New NHS Alliance Manifesto. We know from our experience that, with the right support and encouragement, communities can play an active role in creating healthier neighbourhoods and providing a stronger support network for those who are vulnerable.
By helping people build their personal networks, confidence and commitment to their community, we can instil a prevention culture that can address the causes of health inequalities, in turn taking the strain off the NHS.
Some of the solutions are simple and relatively low cost. We need to make sure those at risk of ill health or managing long-term conditions have access to good quality parks and green spaces, have the right support to find work and get the help they need to keep their homes warmer in winter. This will need a new approach to designing and commissioning services with health practitioners working alongside housing and education providers and finding creative ways of unlocking the potential in communities.