With public health as a central part of NHS England’s Long Term Plan, innovations that work to build social capital and aim to reduce the burden on primary care are critical to success. This visit to Live Well Greenwich offers Q members the opportunity to observe some of these approaches in action, as well as hear the host’s candid experiences of the highs and lows of implementation.
Why Live Well Greenwich?
Across the UK, people are living longer, but increasing number of the extra years are spent living in poorer health, often with multiple chronic diseases, and the borough of Greenwich is no exception. Live Well is an initiative developed by the public health team in the Royal Borough of Greenwich in partnership with a number of local organisations, including Charlton Athletic football club. Currently receiving funding from the Health Foundation, the programme is conducting an evaluation to understand the impact on both primary care attendance rates and the type of attendance.
What you’ll learn
On this Q Visit you’ll learn about how Live Well Greenwich has put prevention at the heart of their work, utilising key partners across the policies and decisions it makes and the services it provides.
The day will start with networking and a welcome from a Cabinet Minister over coffee, followed by a visit to the Extra Time Hub to learn about participation and prevention in practice. Over lunch there’ll be an opportunity to meet Live Well Coaches and Live Well Champions and a presentation of video case studies. Finally, there’ll be an exercise to get you thinking about delivering social prescribing in practice. Throughout the day, you’ll be invited to share your own experiences and approaches to community development and social prescribing.
Aims and objectives
The aim of this visit is to showcase the approach taken to population, community and individual level prevention within Greenwich and how that may be applied to your organisation.
By the end of the session you will:
- Understand the approach to population health and prevention taken by agencies within Greenwich
- Have met those involved in delivering social prescribing at scale and understand how this has been achieved
- Reflect, with other Q members, on how social prescribing might be developed within your own area
Who would benefit from attending?
This visit requires no previous knowledge but would suit those Q members who have a particular interest in social prescribing or work in public health, social care or a local authority.
There are 20 places, available on a first-come, first-served basis. This event is free for you but there may be travel costs associated with it. If you think you may not be able to take up your place please do let us know so that we can offer it to another Q member as soon as possible.
The nearest mainline station is Charlton and North Greenwich is the closest tube station to The Valley. More detailed travel information will be sent when your place is confirmed.
While the cost of the visit itself is covered, as a development opportunity, expenses will not be covered.
We encourage you to ask your organisation for professional/study leave to attend, if this is available to you, as CPD points are available.