To combat the increasing challenges faced by the NHS in the 21st century, new ways of delivering care services to communities are being tested. We are being encouraged to adopt a ‘New Model of Living’ – a more proactive role in our own health and wellbeing. By taking better care of ourselves and making healthier lifestyle choices we stay well and prevent illness, ultimately reducing the burden on primary care facilities.
Community infrastructure can help us to do this. The Healthy New Town programme is focussed on a dispersed model where varying levels and types of services are accessible at many locations throughout the town. This network of healthy anchor points can include schools, doctors, pharmacy and social groups.