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Prevention in Healthcare? Submit Feedback on the Latest Health Strategy

The Department of Health and Social Care has published a new (July 2019) Prevention Green Paper ‘Advancing our health: Prevention in the 2020s’.

The green paper (a consultation paper) sets out how they see the healthcare system improving in the 2020s, and the role that prevention is going to play in increasing healthy life expectancy.

‘In the 2020s, people will not be passive recipients of care. They will be co-creators of their own health. The challenge is to equip them with the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to help themselves’.

The topic of prevention is huge, but this paper identifies the biggest challenges as ‘being smoke-free, eating a healthy diet, staying active, and taking care of our mental health’.

The paper identifies personalised care and asset-based models as key prevention approaches. This is about being empowered to make the best choices for personal health and being connected to local community assets.

The paper further highlights a focus on people with low incomes, older people and those with existing health conditions. It also indicates the government commitment to increasing active travel, planning for active lives and a greater recognition of the social and economic value of sport and physical activity.

Active Devon’s commitment to helping everyone get active for life

At Active Devon we are committed to our vision of helping everyone get active for life. It is encouraging to see the strong content in this paper, around Physical Activity, both independently and running through other chapters, such as Healthy Places. However, achieving sustainable behaviour change for priority audiences requires further resourcing and support for the community voluntary sector that enables so many people to achieve active lifestyles.

The consultation will run for 12 weeks ending on 14 October 2019

We encourage all our partners to read the paper, contribute to the consultation and think about what this focus on prevention means for you.

Hannah Worth – Director of Tackling Inactivity