Webinar recording: Building integrated Health and Well-being Hubs

Following up on the previous webinar on Making a different use of NHS facilities for better health and community resilience, this session on 26th January 2022 discussed the creation of new Health and Well-being Hubs.

Find below the recording, speaker list and summary of the discussion.


Speakers were:

  • (Moderator) Dan Hopewell, Director of Knowledge and Innovation, Bromley by Bow Centre
  • Gordon MacLaren, Architect – Architect of the Bromley by Bow Centre
  • Will Nicholson, Independent Health and Wellbeing Consultant and Co-Founder of Thriving Stockwell
  • Sarah Wigglesworth, Architect – working on Ebbsfleet Garden City Health and Well-being Hub

What was discussed:

Who is going on this journey and what are their roles? Some examples: commissioners, funders, project advisers, architects, partners, stakeholders, etc

How to work with the different stakeholders, to get the right people on board and get them to commit to the project?

How do we support the creation of a shared vision and aims for integrated health and wellbeing hubs and a social model of care when working with such diverse partners, (each with their own understanding), as the community itself, NHS bodies, local authorities and the voluntary sector? For example a model that balances addressing need, with creating opportunity, and that addresses the social determinants of health across the life course rather than just treating illness.

And in doing so, how can we support a rebalancing of the weight of the voices towards the community voice in the development of such ventures? How to build local networks and get to know the local communities.

How can the process of developing health and wellbeing hubs build the relationships and collaboration between the parties that will create the mechanisms and practice that will lay the foundations for the Hub’s integrated model? How to carry the vision and practice through the process.

Tackling the power imbalance – communities not having money, value of them as assets not recognised. How might we help increase an understanding of the importance of recognising communities as co-producers of health and wellbeing hubs, so they can fulfil their transformative and catalytic ambitions and unlock the potential of communities to transform themselves. Unlocking the potential for communities to live well and take ownership of their own health through the design of a connected set of spaces.

How might we address the domination of the process by one or more sectors? Can we establish a framework that helps to create the balance of the relationships necessary to create an integrated model in which community agency is valued and enabled?

How do we navigate the finances of a new integrated health and well-being centre?

How can the design of the hub, its specialist and versatile spaces, and the relationship between them and functions within them, support the design of the holistic/ integrated/ collaborative model for health and wellbeing and how it will be delivered?

In doing so, where might we draw impetus and energy from, not necessarily from NHS or local authorities?  Including who are the project professionals that need to be involved? Architects, community development workers, cultural sector leaders, as well as strategic leaders from fields such as health, local government, etc.