Our vision for staying healthy stated:
Health promotion and the prevention of ill health will play a part in every aspect of the NHS. Every contact a person has with the NHS should be seen as an opportunity to promote health. This will begin before birth with advice to women before and during pregnancy. It will continue as children grow up with health visitors advising parents and through health education at schools. It will be a feature of the work place, leisure centres, pubs and social clubs.
People will be able to access health promotion advice and support from a far greater number of providers in future including local pharmacies, schools and children’s centres. Patients and the public will be offered programmes which we know work to enable people to change their behaviour.
Delivering our vision in more challenging times
We have now entered a time of greater financial constraint which means we need to refresh the way we plan to continue to deliver our vision. We need to prioritise the changes we can make that will have the biggest impact on driving up quality while at the same time help make our local NHS more efficient.
In the area of staying healthy, the East Midlands health community is concentrating on a number of key strands: