Westminster Health Forum

Conferences that are scheduled to take place before September will be conducted online.
The format will mirror physical conferences organised by the Forum with speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish.
The conferences will be chaired and there will be opportunities for delegate questions and comments.
We will be contacting all participants in advance of each conference with full information and guidance on how to take part.
There will be some exceptions where conferences will be postponed, for instance those that would largely involve key stakeholders in the NHS or emergency services.
All participants affected by this will be informed as soon as possible.
If you’d like to speak to us over the phone about any booking-related queries, please call 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

TO BE PUBLISHED November 2020

***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.

Areas for discussion include the way forward for:

  • Promoting health in planning, design and improving the quality of homes;
  • Reacting to COVID-19, including:
    • supporting those in low quality housing,
    • adapting local plans,
    • supporting delivery of local services, and
    • ensuring vulnerable groups are looked after and able to access vital services.
  • Integrating and innovating services across health, housing and social care; and
  • Improving prevention and public health - both as a reaction to COVID-19 and more widely.

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 during COVID-19;
  • Approaches to creating healthy local food environments, supporting businesses through COVID-19, and engaging with communities;
  • 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 during COVID-19, and next steps for policy.

Why this is relevant now - the context:

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.

We expect this to be no different. Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of public policy, healthcare organisations and professionals, nutritionists, local authorities and community bodies, housing and other infrastructure providers along with their advisors and partners, planners, retail and marketing  representatives, stakeholders in the food sector and the education system, academics and commentators, patient and parents representatives, charities and advocacy groups, together with reporters from the national and trade media.

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

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Health Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates