Health on the high street

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This report makes a series of recommendations for government, the NHS, local authorities and bodies such as local enterprise partnerships, to realise the potential of our places.

Through the NHS Reset campaign, the NHS Confederation and Power to Change are working with national and local leaders from a broad range of sectors to understand the challenges facing the high street and the opportunities to rethink the critical role the health sector can play as places look to recover economically and socially from Covid-19.

In August 2020, leaders from the NHS, local government, community businesses and a range of invited experts attended a high-level roundtable event to discuss how might we embed health at the heart of our place. It is clear from this and other discussions that there is increasing appetite from within and outside the NHS to realise the role of health in supporting the economic and social recovery and in particular to reimagine our relationship with the high street.

This report is based on discussions with, and is intended to be read by, the range of NHS, local government and wider community leaders who would be collectively responsible for designing, developing and delivering health to the high street. It offers principles to guide local discussion and decision-making, as well as outlining how future government policy should evolve to support this agenda.