What we're learning from our work improving health in our communities
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.
At some point in our lives most of us will develop a long-term health condition. Many of us will develop more than one. But how we each get to that point varies hugely.
I grew up caring for my mother. During those years, I was in contact with the NHS often. Earlier this year, I saw the life of a close family member saved by a team across two hospitals in Yorkshire.
There’s a lot to be optimistic about in the government’s new childhood obesity strategy. The thing we need more than anything to beat this challenge is leadership – and a call to halve childhood obesity levels by 2030 provides exactly that.
Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and Shift have been working together, as part of the Charity’s new childhood obesity programme. We’re interested in how food environments help or hinder people to live well. Why? To improve the availability and access to nutritious diets for families living in the more deprived areas of Lambeth and Southwark.
We have developed a transformative partnership between our communities and local statutory services in these two disadvantaged areas in Southwark. The collaboration puts local parents in the lead to improve their and their children’s health and developmental outcomes.
Our Director of Finance and Investment David Renton writes a blog that explores our impact investment journey and looks at how we contribute to better health outcomes.
Our Director of Funding, Jon Siddall discusses our new Taskforce on multiple long-term conditions and the impact it will have on people living with this complex issue.
Caroline Cerny from the Obesity Health Alliance on the vulnerabilities of current rules meant to protect children from junk food adverts.
Liz Robinson from Surrey Square School in Southwark, on schools’ unique position to influence childhood obesity and connect with families.