Prevention


The overall aim of the Prevention Workstream is to improve City & Hackney residents’ health and wellbeing by supporting them to reduce their risk of poor health and live longer, healthier lives.

Achieving our aim

To become more proactive than reactive and more collaborative than fragmented when it comes to an individual’s health and care, we have to take a ‘system-wide’ implementation approach.

This approach will provide City and Hackney residents with the tools, support and opportunities to live healthier lives and feel better able to take control of their own health and wellbeing.

Resident involvement at the heart of what we do

Co-production is key to ensure what’s delivered will meet the wider needs of our community.

To ensure the activities and services delivered add value for people currently living within Hackney and the City, we are working towards having resident representation across all levels of the programme, from being a member of our core leadership group to challenging, changing and improving specific services and projects.

If you’d like to learn more, or get involved, you can find our contact details at the bottom of this page.

Our key prevention priorities

Using evidence from the City & Hackney Health and Wellbeing profile, we’ve identified a number of priorities under three broad objectives to focus our attention on – see below for some examples of this work.

Creating an environment with the right support to reduce residents’ risk of poor health

Taking comprehensive action to tackle the harms from smoking:

  • Raising awareness on the harms of cheap/illegal tobacco and encouraging people to report on premises and individuals that sell it in order to reduce its availability
  • Running targeted communication campaigns to reach and motivate people who currently smoke to quit, or discourage them from starting in the first place

Committed to delivering a 'whole-system' approach to healthy weight:

  • Provide a diverse range of opportunities to help improve diet, increase physical activity or try something new for all children, adults and families
  • Working with a wide range of local authority, community, resident, business and other partners to make City and Hackney a place where everyone can achieve a healthy weight

Investing in tailored drug and alcohol education, treatment and intervention:

  • Delivering the local alcohol strategy which promotes healthier drinking behaviour, appropriate services and support for people affected by alcohol misuse
  • Information and support to help reduce harm caused by drugs and alcohol, identify mental illness earlier and develop a trauma informed model of treatment 

We strive to ensure that all our commissioned services are accessible, open to people from every section of the local community, and give people the skills to make positive and lasting behaviour change. 

Supporting and enabling people to take control of their own health and wellbeing

A number of services are available locally to provide individuals with the information, skills and confidence to take steps to improve their own health. Examples include:

  • Community Connections, a service that works with people to develop health action plans and supports them to access relevant activities and groups in the community to improve their physical and mental wellbeing
  • A Social Prescribing service based in GP practices, which also works with local people to connect them with a range of preventative services and activities to support positive health and wellbeing and widen social networks

Taking early action to avoid or delay future poor health

We’re making great efforts to provide timely access to localised services for those who need it – listed below are a couple of examples.

  • ‘Time to talk’- patients with multiple long term conditions are given the opportunity to discuss their worries, depression, lifestyle and other concerns with their with their GP or practice nurse
  • IAPT Patient Portal - a talking therapy self-referral service for patients who are 18+ and registered with a GP in City and Hackney. It offers a range of evidence-based treatments for common mental health problems, such as anxiety, depression and stress

Making Every Contact Count

To ensure all frontline health and care staff have the skills and confidence to help people access the support they need to live healthy lives, we are developing a programme to ‘Make Every Contact Count' (MECC).

MECC is all about making the most of every opportunity to make a difference to people’s health and wellbeing. It is about empowering all staff to have healthy conversations with patients and the public and signpost them to local preventative services and other sources of wellbeing support.

We’re always on the lookout for more residents to join us and make a difference. If this sounds something of interest to you, please get in touch: kate.wignall@hackney.gov.uk

If you have questions on the above, would like to be kept up to date on the progress of the programme(s), or have any ideas, please let us know: kate.wignall@hackney.gov.uk