Contributing to practice and policy

The Bromley by Bow Centre has a significant track record of developing and sharing innovative practice and has contributed to a number of major policy initiatives, including the development of the national Sure Start, Children’s Centre, Health Trainer and Healthy Living Centre programmes.

The Centre is actively engaged in the current policy development around the transformation of provision, and the reorientation of resources, to more effectively improve the health and wellbeing of our communities. Based on our successful practice in east London, we have recently published two papers to contribute to and widen the debate.

Translation not Replication

A discussion paper exploring the challenges in trying to replicate the Bromley by Bow model and the positive opportunities for translating the model.

You can download the paper here.

Stop Building Health Centres

An outline of a more radical model that goes beyond the “health and social care debate” and advocates for an approach which puts communities in charge of health.

You can download the paper here

 Unleashing Healthy Communities

Positions the Bromley by Bow model in relation to the Marmot Review and provides a short summary of what we do and a rationale for the approach.

You can download the paper here

We would welcome reflections and feedback from others on these paper, please contact, Dan Hopewell Director of Knowledge & Innovation

The Health Gap

Sir Michael Marmot discusses the conclusions of his latest book, The Health Gap, on what the government should being doing to tackle the health inequality problem with Sir Sam Everington and Polly Toynbee.

Listen to the discussion on the Health Gap here:

Contributions to policy and practice development

The Bromley by Bow Centre has undertaken significant pieces of evaluation including on its work with elders, mental health and its regeneration practice. The Centre has contributed to and been cited in a number of recent health policy reports, including:

Fair Society Healthy Lives – Strategic Review of Health Inequalities Post-2010, Michael Marmot, (2010, Department of Health)

The Future is Now, Chris Ham & Hannah Brown, (2015, The King’s Fund)

Head, hands and heart: asset-based approaches in health care, Trevor Hopkins & Simon Rippon, (2015, The Health Foundation)

Health and wellbeing: a guide to community-centred approaches, Jane South, (2015, Public Health England)  

Population health systems - Going beyond integrated care, Hugh Alderwick, Chris Ham and David Buck, (2015, The King’s Fund)

Don't Stop Me Now - Supporting young people with chronic conditions from education to employment, Dr Zofia Bajorek, Victoria Donnaloja and Dr Libby McEnhill, (2016 The Work Foundation) 

Is welfare to work, working well? Improving employment rates for people with disabilities and long-term conditions, Cicely Dudley, Libby McEnhill and Karen Steadman, (2016 The Work Foundation) 

Developing Asset Based Approaches to Primary Care, Best Practice Guide. (2016, Greater Manchester Public Health Network and the Innovation Unit). The guide proposes that an 'asset based' model of primary care will help to realise a different relationship between public services and the communities and people they support - one that taps into the existing skills and resources in people and places to reduce demand on primary and secondary health and care services.

Gardens and health, Implications for policy and practice, David Buck, (2016, King's Fund).

David Buck's blog on gardens, gardening and health.