Westminster Health Forum

Next steps for developing healthy communities - planning, integrating services, and learning from Healthy New Towns

Morning, Tuesday, 28th April 2020

Central London

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

Bringing together policymakers with stakeholders in local authorities, public health and the housing and infrastructure sectors, areas for discussion include the way forward for:

  • Promoting health in planning and design;
  • Supporting local delivery of strategies that promote health and wellbeing;
  • Integrating services across health, housing and social care; and
  • Delivering prevention and public health improvements within the built and local environment.

Speakers and chair

There will be a keynote contribution from Professor Sir Malcolm Grant, Chancellor, University of York and former Chair, NHS England.

Further participants include: Sue Adams, Care and Repair England; Miriam Davidson, Darlington Borough Council; Ellen Halstead, Peabody; Richard Mazuch, IBI Group; Claire Pritchard, Greenwich Cooperative Development Agency; Dr Louis Rice, University of the West of England, Bristol; James Roach, NHS West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group; Dr Nichola Stefanou, Home Group and a senior speaker confirmed from Radian.

Lord Kennedy of Southwark, Shadow Spokesperson, Housing, Communities and Local Government, will chair part of this seminar.

The policy context

The discussion will draw on a range of policy reports and initiatives highlighting ways forward for the development of healthy communities, including:

The agenda

  • Improving 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.
  • Planning and designing healthy places - accessibility, developing standards, and adapting existing buildings;
  • Implementation priorities - funding, integrating health, housing, and social care services, and the role of the business community; and
  • The future for developing healthy communities and next steps for policy.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

This Westminster Health Forum conference has attracted strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: Department of Health and Social Care; MHCLG, BEIS; Cabinet Office and the National Audit Office.

Keynote Speaker

Professor Sir Malcolm Grant

Chancellor, University of York and former Chair, NHS England


Lord Kennedy of Southwark

Shadow Spokesperson, Housing, Communities and Local Government


James Roach

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

Claire Pritchard

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

Dr Louis Rice

Associate Professor, Architecture and Head, World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments, University of the West of England, Bristol

Richard Mazuch

Director, Design, Research and Innovation, IBI Group

Sue Adams

Chief Executive, Care and Repair England

Miriam Davidson

Director of Public Health, Darlington Borough Council

Ellen Halstead

Director of Strategy, Thamesmead Regeneration Programme, Peabody

Senior speaker confirmed from Radian

Dr Nichola Stefanou

Director, Clinical Practice, Home Group