Health is not just defined by the absence of illness. It’s also about our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
Access to traditional health services are of course important, but there are lots of other factors that affect our health and wellbeing. These include access to green spaces, social activities, education and employment opportunities, healthy food, and good housing and transport services. To prevent ill health and improve wellbeing within our local communities, all of these aspects need to be considered, which is sometimes referred to as a ‘population health’ approach.
The King’s Fund has produced a short animation that illustrates what a population health approach looks like. You can also find out more by reading their report, A vision for population health: towards a healthier future or by attending their free ‘virtual’ conference, The big population health conversation. Better still, FHT members who attend The King’s Fund virtual conference and complete a 500 word reflective practice form (downloadable from http://www.fht.org.uk/cpd) can gain 5 CPD points.