Policy and practice papers

What we think

The Centre is actively engaged in current policy development around the transformation of provision, and the reorientation of resources, to more effectively improve the health and wellbeing of our communities. Below are three short pieces which outline key aspects of our thinking.

We would welcome reflections and feedback from others. Please contact, Dan Hopewell, Director of Knowledge & Innovation: dan.hopewell@bbbc.org.uk

Co-commissioning approaches to social prescribing services

An exploration of the opportunities and challenges of co-commissioning social prescribing across the health sector and local authorities. Click here to read the report.

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.

Stop Building Health Centres

A paper outlining 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.

Unleashing Healthy Communities

This piece 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.

Other writing

The Bromley by Bow Centre has undertaken significant pieces of evaluation including on its work with elders, mental health and its regeneration practice. As a result, the Centre has contributed to and been cited in a number of recent health policy papers which you can find here. 

Education and employment

The employment level of the youth (16-24 year olds) and people with long-term health conditions are serious problems which predate the recession. These papers analyse the current situation and propose recommendations for how services could be improved.

Beyond clinical healthcare; community approaches to health

Extensive research has shown that empowered communities are healthy communities. These reports assert that the relationship between communities and public services need to be rethought. Each proposes a different approach to ways in which we could reach a higher level of inclusivity. And often, this allows for a reduced demands on primary and secondary health and care services.

Gardening and health

In these resources, David Buck looks at the positive impact that gardening can have on wellbeing throughout the span of a lifetime. Buck makes the case for a higher integration of gardening into healthcare and health policy.

Technology and the future of health

There are multifaceted pressures on our health services, which are only increasing. In order to cope, there needs to be a dramatic changes which involve rethinking how healthcare is organised and delivered. This report explores examples of what the future of healthcare could hold in order to generate new thinking.