Support all residents to live longer and healthier lives by preventing illness and promoting physical and mental wellbeing
To do this we will:
- join up health, council and voluntary sector services across our boroughs to provide the most effective support
- take earlier action to make a bigger impact
- focus on reducing harmful drinking as an early priority.
It is better for people because:
- preventing illness, by stopping smoking for example, is the best way to stay healthy
- people can rely on faster, joined-up support in their community
- reducing harmful drinking and unhealthy lifestyles means healthier lives and reduced impact on family, employment and mental health
It is better for the health and care system because:
- keeping people healthy leads to less demand on services and more time to spend with sicker patients
- joining up services means resources and expertise will be used more effectively
- reducing harmful drinking will reduce pressure in A&E and see fewer people needing unplanned overnight stays in hospital.
- only half our residents are physically active and up to one-in-four are obese
- over 300,000 people in NW London drink more than the recommended weekly units of alcohol – harmful drinking is a major factor in increasing risk of disease and early death
- around one in seven adults in NW London still smokes.
- reduction in harmful lifestyle behaviour for all residents in NW London.