What we're learning from our work improving health in our communities
Social prescribing has gone from the margins to the mainstream over the last few years. Our Programme Manager, Kate Langford, explores the key shifts in culture and practice needed to help scale social prescribing to something that every healthcare professional has in their toolbox.
We partnered on the Healthy High Streets programme, which challenged three London high streets in Haringey, Lambeth and Southwark to try new ideas to make our high streets healthier for children and families.
A programme involving local businesses in solutions to child obesity.
"Just one thing after another": Living with Multiple Conditions explores how it feels to live with multiple long-term health conditions (MLTCs).
Last year we launched two long-term programmes of work – on childhood obesity and multiple long-term conditions. Our development phase had a profound impact on the way we designed, and are now delivering, them.
We've looked at data and talked with local people to learn more about how and why people progress to multiple conditions.
I have some connection with this interesting new research; not only is the Richmond Group of Charities, of which Age UK is a member, working with Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity on a new taskforce on multiple conditions, I have lived in Lambeth for most of my life.
Research by the FrameWorks Institute into how health experts and people in Lambeth and Southwark think about obesity.
Over the years, we have become more and more familiar with messages about how we take care of our physical health – encouragement to think about what we eat, take regular exercise and to be aware of the signs of developing a major health condition.
The impact of multiple long-term conditions on the lives of individuals, their families, the communities in which they live and the wider health and care system, is ever-growing.