Why we're doing this project
We are working with NHS England and other partners to support the Healthy New Towns programme. This ambitious national programme is working with ten housing developments, bringing together the health sector with housing developers and local authority planning teams to design and build healthier communities. The programme provides an important opportunity to learn how local areas can use major new housing developments as an opportunity to promote population health and deliver integrated care.
What we're doing
The King’s Fund has been commissioned by NHS England to support the production of a guidance document capturing lessons from the Healthy New Towns programme. We are exploring insights from the work being conducted in 10 demonstrator sites across England, with a particular focus on the efforts being made to develop new models of care as part of new housing developments. We will also be examining relevant evidence from international examples of new care models.
A guidance document aimed at planners, developers, and leaders of local health systems will be published in March 2019.
The interim report [pdf] was published in September 2018 and shows how important place is to health. It highlights that involving and empowering communities is one of the first steps in creating a healthy place, and that there is a key role for NHS professionals working in partnership with local authorities, the voluntary sector and others.