Health on the high street

This 2020 report, published by the NHS Confederation and Power to Change, examines how place leaders and managers can begin to better embed health into the heart of our places.

Date added 8 January 2021
Last updated 13 January 2021

This 2020 report, published by the NHS Confederation and Power to Change, examines how place leaders and managers can begin to better embed health into the heart of our places. It stresses the important role that health can play in supporting both our social and economic recovery and seeks to reimagine our relationship with the high street to make health services more integrated and accessible as they look to recover from the worst impacts of the coronavirus.

It features a number of case studies from areas which are already pioneering a health-based approach including the ‘One You Shop’ in Ashford, Kent, which provides drop-in clinic services to local people from within a shopping centre, the ‘Life Rooms’ by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, which provide spaces to support learning, social interaction and life enhancing services, and Warrington’s bid to the Town's Fund, which proposed to create a new health and social care academy.

The report concludes with a series of recommendations for government, the NHS, local authorities and bodies such as local enterprise partnerships to realise the full potential of our places, including a commitment to put health and sustainability at the heart of any recovery plans and give the local community greater power in regeneration and planning decisions.