Building on the agenda set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View, Health as a Social Movement is a new three year programme, to support social movements in health and care.
Working initially with six new care model vanguards across England, NHS England and partners will develop, test and spread effective ways of mobilising people in social movements that improve health and care outcomes and show a positive return on investment. This programme will also work with the wider vanguard network and beyond to support development and spread of social movements in health and care.
Health as a Social Movement will explore how the health service can move beyond a purely biomedical understanding of health, with prevention at its core. The NHS Five Year Forward View takes this on as a central component of its plan for England's health system, which says in order to better realise the ‘renewable energy of communities’ we must harness the power of social movements in order to rapidly improve health outcomes.
Download the prospectus: Releasing energy for change in our communities: social movements in health
Read the Nesta report The Power of People in Movements
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