New NHS Alliance is a movement of professionals and local people working as equal partners to address and reduce health inequalities
New NHS Alliance achieves this by:
- Advancing the discipline of Health Creation with communities to make wellness a core part of the health and care system;
- Providing a platform for people from some of the most disadvantaged communities to have a voice within the system and to inform and influence policy-makers, system leaders, providers, frontline practitioners and New NHS Alliance’s activities;
- Advising widely across many sectors, multidisciplinary teams and health systems. We have deep knowledge of changing practice in general practice, pharmacy, nursing, housing, mental health, local authorities including social care and public health and commissioning.
Between 1997 and 2015, the NHS Alliance was a GP-led network that influenced national policy on general practice and primary care.
In January 2016, we embarked on a major organisation transformation.
- We set about exploring how salutogenic theories about what it is that makes people and communities well might be better understood and operationalised across the health and care system.
- We developed a way of understanding what we call ‘Health Creation’ (see our Manifesto for Health Creation).
- We developed our cross-sector appeal, embracing leaders from across the emergency services, housing, social care, mental health and public health, while maintaining our connection to general practice, nursing and pharmacy.
- We rebranded as the ‘New’ NHS Alliance to mark the changes from the past and because we think this reflects, in some small way, the direction the NHS needs to take.
There’s a lot of talk about solutions ‘beyond medicine’ to tackle the wicked issue of health inequality right now. Of all the voices, the one from New NHS Alliance seems to be the most eloquent and practical. Rick Stern, Director, Primary Care Foundation and former CEO of NHS Alliance.