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Health Creation: the missing jewel in the NHS’ Crown?  

Trojan Mouse Success Stories

The New NHS Alliance describes the Trojan Mouse phenomenon as ’the introduction of a small change in practice which leads to a large and lasting positive change in the life of a person or a community’. Trojan Mice are valuable and necessary in the practice of Health Creation.

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We received several Trojan Mouse Success Stories in the run up to our Action Summit and you can read them all here:

A call to action to address health inequalities

The NHS is very good at treating many illnesses and there is a greater focus than in the past on preventing illness. But what about creating health? If we all understand and tap into the causes of wellbeing, could the NHS working with local partners create a ‘health’ service with a purpose of making people healthy and well?

This New NHS Alliance briefing paper explains that there are some proven ways of working with communities that can actually ‘create health’, by enabling people to build their levels of the 3Cs – Control, Contact and Confidence. We call these the 3Cs of Health Creation. It challenges all parts of the health service to move more quickly towards a social model of health – one that is based around places and outcomes for people and that put people in control – and for those responsible for education and workforce development to build health creating practices into education programmes and job descriptions.

To read this document please follow the link.

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Manifesto for a healthy and health-creating society 

Brexit and the troubled state of the NHS call for re-thinking the UK’s approach to health. The EU referendum vote reveals deep social divisions as well as presenting the country with important decisions and negotiations about the future. At the same time, health problems are growing; the NHS faces severe financial constraints and appears to lurch from crisis to crisis, with leaving the European Union likely to exacerbate many problems including staffing issues across the whole sector. However, new scientific developments and digital technology offer societies everywhere massive and unprecedented opportunities for improving health. It is vital for the country that the NHS is able to adopt these discoveries and see them translated into improved patient care and population health, but also that the UK benefits from its capabilities and strengths in these areas.

To read this document please follow the link.

Our Values

Please join the New NHS Alliance if you agree with these values:

  • I understand that enabling people to improve their own lives is the most important aspect of a progressive healthcare system (it is more important than ‘improving existing services’)
  • I am open to learning and prepared to innovate to find different ways of working that improve people’s lives
  • I am open to working with a range of organisations, within and outside the NHS, in pursuit of better health and wellbeing outcomes
  • I recognise that people and communities are resource-rich and can hold the solution to improving and preventing poor health behaviours. I am committed to releasing this capacity by enabling people to develop greater levels of Control, Contact and Confidence (the 3Cs of health creation)
  • I recognise the emotional labour involved in caring for others and take steps to look after both professional and informal carers
  • I believe in and practice parity of esteem between patients and professionals, between the NHS and organisations that contribute to health and wellbeing outside the NHS and between those living with physical and mental health problems

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