What is Healthy Place Shaping in Oxfordshire?

Is it Healthy Place Shaping?

Healthy Place Shaping Diagnostic Tool Example

The Six Principles of Healthy Place Shaping

Protect the NHS

Questions that might help us diagnose whether we are working to Protect the NHS from being overwhelmed include:

  • Does your work address anyone of the diverse range of day-to-day social, economic and environmental factors which may impact on people's ability to live healthier and happier lives (the wider-determinants of health)
  • How might it impact on people's ability to make healthier choices such as better diet, increased physical activity, or quitting smoking?
  • Or are you supporting people to prevent, reduce or delay the onset of ill-health? (particularly towards non-communicable diseases i.e. heart disease, cancer and chronic respiratory disease)

Build Back Fairer

To diagnose if you are incorporating the principles of Build Back Fairer into your work you might ask:

  • How does this take action to reduce inequalities, and their impact?
  • How does this make it easier for all to make healthier choices by addressing the barriers created by social and economic inequalities that result in large inequalities in health?
  • How does this ensure that all can benefit from its impact by removing barriers to access for those facing inequalities?
  • How does this observe and act on any unintended consequences of our actions?

Focus on What's Strong

To diagnose if you are taking a Healthy Place Shaping approach and building on what's strong you might ask:

  • Is this creating an environment for positive change by identifying [with the community] strengths that can be built upon, rather than issues that must be fixed?
  • Is this encouraging open discussion to make the most of existing those strengths [assets]; be they physical and social, collective and individual to co-create innovative solutions?

Think Local

To diagnose if your Healthy Place Shaping approach is thinking local, you might ask:

  • Is it working with, or supporting the community to build on its own local strengths?
  • Does it empower local communities to take ownership of what's happening in their local area?
  • How does it identify and adapt to local circumstance?
  • Does it engage communities as partners in the process, including consultation and involvement in every step of the process, from priority-setting through to implementation, learning, and next steps?

Everything is Connected

To diagnose if your Healthy Place Shaping approach is connecting everything, you might ask:

  • Does this approach recognise the wide range of barriers and influences on an individual's choices and behaviour?
  • Does this approach connect with other individuals/communities/organisations and/or policy/interventions from across the system of influences and barriers.
  • Does this approach cross boundaries between professional practices and approaches and embracing a shared understanding of the potential contributions of each profession or sector, especially the third sector?

Better Together

To diagnose the connectivity of your Healthy Place Shaping approach, you may ask:

  • Are you developing and nurturing healthy and supportive relationships between a wide range of partners and members of the community, across all parts of the system?
  • Do you take an interest in other people's perspectives and potential contributions?
  • Are we encouraging responsibility to be shared and owned by partners?
  • Are we ensuring the broadest range of stakeholders is involved, crossing sectoral boundaries, embracing contributions of the third sector?
  • How does this create a vision that is shared between partners, whatever their role in the system?

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