Integrated neighbourhood working

Building healthier communities through community-led approaches to health and wellbeing.
Aerial view of residential area with houses and cars

The NHS Confederation and Local Trust have joined forces to promote and test community-led approaches to health and wellbeing in some of England’s most deprived neighbourhoods.

Working together, we will broker practical partnerships between Big Local areas (150 communities across England), NHS partners and others with a stake in improving the health and wellbeing of people and places. 

We will:

  • build a community of local leaders, sharing learning and driving change
  • find and share new evidence on the conditions for successful integrated approaches
  • influence and inform systemic changes to health and care at a national and system level.

Our programme’s central aim is to improve population health and reduce inequalities through joined up, community-led approaches.

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  • In responding to worsening population health and widening health inequalities, it is crucial to create healthy places to live where people can lead good lives.

    Creating the conditions that enable this – through genuine partnerships that centre on community leadership in healthcare at a hyperlocal level – is essential. This approach allows personalised care based on people’s needs, close to where they live as the norm. Through collaboration and the joining of community and health and social care services, it becomes possible to provide effective care, build powerful preventative capacity and achieve joined up approaches across sectors – leading to better management of chronic conditions, reduced hospital admissions and improved overall health and wellbeing.

    Fostering collaboration close to home across health and care services promotes knowledge sharing, joint problem-solving and innovation, which can lead to improved service delivery, staff wellbeing/retention and create opportunities for new models of care that better meet the needs of the population.

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