Prevention Programme - May 2019

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Prevention update from Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones, Programme Director

Following the successful refresh of the programme, we are excited to share a set of areas we are proposing to focus on over the next three years.

Following collaborative conversations across a number of health and care partners involving key stakeholders, the Together We’re Better Health and Care Transformation Board has now approved the following programme priorities.

The programme’s plan is to tackle the following for areas and 16-sub areas through a delivery programme of small to large-scale transformational change:

Cardiovascular

  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Diabetes

Locomotor

  • Multi skeletal
  • Frailty and falls
  • Physical activity
  • Obesity and poor diet

Respiratory

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Smoking
  • Air quality
  • Flu vaccination

Well-being

  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Suicide and self harm
  • Substance misuse and drugs/alcohol
  • Cancer screening

The programme will also focus on two major enabling areas of work – Population Health Management and Social Prescribing. Both areas already have a significant work programme in place and we will update you in a later newsletter on these areas in more detail.

To help us to deliver this change and make a difference to health inequalities and outcomes we will use existing evidence from the likes of NHS RightCare and local Joint Strategic Needs Assessments to tell us where we need to prioritise our focus. In addition, we will work with existing Together We’re Better work programmes, Public Health Teams, Primary Care Networks, voluntary organisations and local communities to enable the change.

We will shortly be identifying the areas where we can have an impact relatively quickly and as soon as we do, we will share these with you.