…because people need more than good NHS services to keep well
Northern Devon is now at the forefront of an approach to improving health, and at its heart is an understanding that people need more than just good NHS services to keep well.
A person’s living conditions, work and social environment have a big impact on their wellbeing, even contributing to a difference in life expectancy of up to 15 years in some areas of North Devon.
If we can tackle problems like unsuitable housing, poor employment prospects and social isolation, we can help prevent the poor health that results from such factors.
In order to more effectively address issues like these, housing and environmental services, education providers, employers, community groups, fire, police and health and social care services need to work together.