To help make the NHS sustainable, people need to be more proactive about prioritising their health and wellbeing, to reduce their risk of developing lifestyle related health conditions.
A key element at the heart of the NHS Five Year Forward View is to encourage behavioural change amongst communities, to help with the prevention of these conditions.
This requires a concerted collaborative effort between partners in the health system, at a local and national level.
Our prevention programme has four key aims. to:
- Roll out a behavioural change programme to promote prevention and self-care
- Tackle five key lifestyle risks; obesity; smoking; alcohol; physical activity and mental wellbeing – particularly within the NHS (We have developed a baseline for alcohol; mental wellbeing; physical activity and obesity for the BOB STP area).
- Develop and use local data to better understand our local population and where there may be health inequalities
- Identify and promote online tools that people can use to help prevent ill health , promote self-management, workforce wellbeing and development for £1.1 million to help us progress work in this
To help deliver our prevention work across the BOB STP, we:
- have bid for £1.1 million
- are appointing a prevention project manager
- have set up five working groups covering; smoking; alcohol; mental wellbeing; physical activity and obesity
- have developed a local needs profile across the BOB STP area
- are considering a ‘winter’ #Moving Can campaign
To date we have:
- Bid for £1.1 million to support this work
- Created local needs profiles for Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West
- Put in place plans to recruit a prevention project manager
- Put in place a winter’ #MovingCan campaign
We are also on track with four major initiatives:
- Rolling out of behavioural change programmes with system-wide training to support the adoption of prevention and self-care as a first principle
- Ensuring five lifestyle risk areas are being visibly tackled across BOB : obesity; smoking; alcohol; physical activity and mental wellbeing – particularly within the NHS
- Using and developing local data displayed at a BOB level to better understand population and place-based health issues. This will include developing prevention profile tools; inequalities tools and facilitating associated system level training.
- Identifying and promoting access to specific digital tools that support ill health prevention; self-management and workforce wellbeing and development