Westminster Health Forum

Since lockdown, we have been organising our full programme of conferences online. We will continue online until further notice, to ensure we play our part in helping our employees and delegates to remain safe during this time. We are pleased that so many key stakeholders, policymakers and other interested parties - both old friends and new delegates - are taking up the opportunity to discuss public policy issues and network at our impartial seminars. New events are coming on to our conference programme all the time. So there are plenty of opportunities for you to join us if you haven’t already, from wherever you are. For booking-related queries, or information on speaking, please email us at info@forumsupport.co.uk or contact us using one of the following numbers: +44 (0)7951044809 / +044 (0)7503591880 / +44 (0)7538736244.

Priorities for developing healthy places and communities - tackling health inequalities, supporting local delivery and service providers, and integrating health and housing

Morning, Thursday, 12th November 2020

Online Conference

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will examine the priorities for developing healthy communities in England.

It is bringing together policymakers with stakeholders in local authorities, public health and the housing and infrastructure sectors.

The discussion takes place as the Government seeks to ensure the health and safety of communities as areas continue to be impacted by COVID-19 - and in the context of a long-term policy drive to improve the linkages between the built environment and health.

It will be an opportunity for key stakeholder and policymakers to consider where next for developing healthy communities, and what can be learned from the way that opportunities and challenges presented through the response to COVID-19 have been addressed.

So we expect discussion on strategies for building on positive developments in place-based health that have emerged amidst the tragic consequences of the pandemic for individuals and communities across the UK, looking at:

  • future uses of the track and trace technology to maintain health within the community, with the national rollout of the Government’s tracing app following the trial on the Isle of Wight,
  • maintaining improvements in air quality and general health associated with improved air and noise quality achieved as a result of the lockdown,
  • encouraging cycling into work and supporting  wider active travel - with the Transport Secretary’s recent announcement of a £2bn package for cycling and walking,
  • improving accessibility to public transport and ensuring procedures are in place for those using public transport to do so safely,
  • how the recent trend of working from home might translate to more flexible working as a norm, and what it could mean for healthier homes, offices and high streets going forward, and
  • meeting growth in demand for green spaces prompted by the lockdown and increasing their effectiveness in supporting exercise and healthy habits once the lockdown is gradually lifted.

Further areas for discussion include the way forward for:

  • Promoting health in planning, design and improving the quality of homes.
  • Implementing the revised National Planning Policy Framework and the provision of funding, support and guidance that will be needed.
  • Learning from the healthy new towns demonstrator projects and what can be taken forward from these projects both in terms of partnership working and improving public health.
  • Implementing strategies for creating more healthy communities, including:
    • identification of local health and wellbeing needs,
    • developing innovative approaches to local solutions,
    • what is needed from planning and design to support strategies, and
    • developing partnerships between business, research centres, investors, and local government and communities.
  • Effective ways of promoting and incentivising health and wellbeing into development, and how developers respond to changes in consumer aspirations for housing and development.
  • Approaches to community-based public health, taking a whole system approach and ways of scaling up good practice for a healthy local environment.
  • The future of planning powers and their use, in the areas of:
    • the distribution and siting of fast food outlets and developing healthy high streets more widely, and
    • high fat, sugar and salt product advertising.

The agenda:

  • Improving health and wellbeing through the built environment
  • Case studies from the Healthy New Towns programme demonstrator sites:
    • Supporting partnership working across sectors, and
    • Promoting prevention and improving public health.
  • Promoting healthy communities during the COVID-19 pandemic - managing lockdown and ensuring people are able to access vital services
  • Planning and designing healthy places - accessibility, developing standards, adapting existing buildings, and supporting those in lower quality housing
  • Approaches to creating healthy local food environments, supporting affected businesses, and engaging with communities and households
  • Supporting local delivery and local providers - funding, identifying at risk groups and those with underlying conditions, and integrating services across housing, health and care; and
  • The future for developing healthy places, reacting to changing use patterns and need, and next steps for policy.

Developments that are relevant to the discussion:

It takes place against the backdrop of the unprecedented challenges from the coronavirus pandemic and with a range of policy developments taking place:

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.

This looks no different. Places have been reserved by officials from: MHCLG, the Department for Health and Social Care; BEIS, the Cabinet Office and the National Audit Office.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speakers

Claire Pritchard

Chair, London Food Board and Chief Executive Officer, Greenwich Cooperative Development Agency

Professor Sir Malcolm Grant

Chancellor, University of York and former Chair, NHS England


Sue Morgan

Director of Architecture and Built Environment, Design Council

Richard Mazuch

Director, Design, Research and Innovation, IBI Group

Ellen Halstead

Director of Strategy, Thamesmead Regeneration Programme, Peabody

Julia Thrift

Director, Healthier Place-making, Town and Country Planning Association

Sue Adams

Chief Executive, Care and Repair England

Michelle Dawson

Managing Director, Community Services Company, Radian

James Roach

Programme Director, Integrated Care, NHS West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group

Councillor Asher Craig

Deputy Mayor, Communities, Equalities and Public Health, Bristol City Council

Dr Nichola Stefanou

Director, Clinical Practice, Home Group