Could enabling individuals and communities to improve their wellbeing have a radical impact on their health?
Lambeth and Southwark are two of the most deprived local authority areas in the UK and people in the boroughs often experience poor health. This is despite the presence of high performing health and social care institutions in the area.
Our recent research revealed that people living here often see health as more than just avoiding illness. Their view of health extends to living a fulfilling life, one that is financially secure with nourishing relationships. This broader definition of health is often called wellbeing.
We are currently exploring whether enabling individuals and communities to improve their wellbeing could have a radical impact on people’s health.
Public policy and research is increasingly focusing on wellbeing and the protective role it may play in people’s health. Yet our current health systems and people’s perception of health are often dominated by a bio-medical model that focuses on the avoidance of illness rather than the many things that impact on people’s wellbeing.
We have commissioned Pritpal S Tamber to examine the existing evidence and work in this area, connecting with experts from across the world and local people involved in galvanising communities to create positive change. The research will inform our thinking as we consider what role we may play in enabling our communities to take control of their health and wellbeing.