What we're learning from our work improving health in our communities
For a long time obesity was categorised as a problem of information and willpower. However, what food people eat, and how much of it, is profoundly influenced by simple cues in their surroundings.
Our Chief Executive Kieron Boyle discusses the value of being place-based and the impact it has on the complex health issues of our time.
Dr Emma Stone, Director of Policy and Research at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, writes for us on the impact of poverty on people's health, reflecting on our latest report.
Health issues today are as complex as they have ever been. They relate not only to people’s physical and mental health, but also to what people perceive a healthy life to be in the context in which they live. This suggests to us two important points: that people and place matter.
In Lambeth we realised a few years ago that despite the big efforts and money we were putting into mental healthcare – particularly acute care – we weren’t getting great health outcomes.
“I wait weeks to get a double appointment. I write down all the things I need to say but I don’t get time. I am told I am only allowed to mention two symptoms.” Tina is in her late 50s.
Over the past nine months, we've been developing a new strategy at Guy's and St Thomas’ Charity. It's an ambitious plan and one that could make a real difference - not only in South London, but well beyond.
At Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity we’re hugely fortunate to get to do what we do. So, as December is the internationally recognised month of lists, we share with you seven things we’re rather proud about this year.
As I type this, I realise this month sees not one but three awareness campaigns for types of cancer – lung, mouth and pancreatic.
This is the second instalment in my series of blog posts where I share some of the key lessons we’re learning from our work supporting new ideas in health.