Sustainable Health and Care Blog

Sustainable Health and Care

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Rob Webster, CEO for South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and CEO Lead for West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health Care Partnership.


Glen Garrod, the Executive Director of Adult Care and Community Wellbeing at Lincolnshire County Council and the President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services     


Alex Fox OBE, CEO of Shared Lives Plus and Chairs the Joint VCSE Review which has just launched its new action plan


We know that health inequalities persist across the country and stubbornly refuse to improve. Local NHS plans need to embrace the root causes of inequality - poverty, housing, education, employment, loneliness, and the environment all affect people’s health and the sustainability of communities. The results are most visible for NHS colleagues in a district or community psychiatric nurse’s caseload, the A&E and the GP surgery. Supporting people with comorbidity of social, mental and physical health needs should be the driver of the future health and care system. This will also mean creating the conditions for communities and community activists to be embraced in the solutions to bring greater control to people’s lives. This is central to making progress on health inequalities, not least because people in communities which experience health inequalities see them far more vividly than any outside expert can and community activists are often the most passionate about tackling them.

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