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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
- 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)
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.
- Developing Asset Based Approaches to Primary Care, Best Practice Guide. (2016, Greater Manchester Public Health Network and the Innovation Unit).
- 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)
- Head, hands and heart: asset-based approaches in health care, Trevor Hopkins & Simon Rippon, (2015, The Health Foundation)
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.
- Gardens and health, Implications for policy and practice, David Buck, (2016, King’s Fund).
- David Buck’s blog on gardens, gardening and health.
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.