Preventing ill health is better than treating it and our growing and ageing population means that without good prevention we will see an increasing number of people needing NHS care. Our aim is to increase healthy life expectancy so people can live the life that matters to them, preventing illness and improving life expectancy.

Many conditions which can contribute to shorter healthy life expectancy are preventable. While the factors which can lead to these conditions are many and varied, through prevention, our aim is to help people improve their own health through targeted support to help reduce alcohol or tobacco dependency, to offer weight management services, and increase access to cancer screening and diabetes prevention programmes. We will develop our prevention capacity and capability across the Integrated Care Partnership, working together to harness our collective assets and embed preventative approaches as a continuum, ensuring health equity is our golden thread.

Our plan includes:

  • supporting people to not smoke and to support those that are tobacco dependant with services to reduce their dependency
  • supporting people to lose weight and make healthy life choices
  • supporting people to not drink excessively and to support those that are alcohol dependant with services to reduce their dependency.

Outcomes to be achieved

  • Improved life expectancy.
  • Reduce preventable illness.
  • Reduced morbidity and mortality.
  • A voice for change, through co-production.

  • Improved capacity and capability to accelerate prevention activities.
  • Reduced dependency on specialist services.

  • Improved health outcomes, reduced health inequalities.
  • Reduced demand on health and social care services.
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Work Programme

Programme To be delivered

Tobacco Dependence 

To complete the establishment of Tobacco Dependence Services across all inpatient and maternity services. We will identify opportunities to improve pathways and support in the community and primary care. An assurance cycle will be established to enable targeted support, along with an evaluation.


Healthy Weight 

To further embed the Tier 2 programme through training and awareness across sectors, with targeted support where needed. Performance monitoring will continue with analysis or the ‘obesity burden profile’. A review of services is being undertaken, taking into account new guidance.

2023/24 to 2024/25

Alcohol Dependence

To evaluate the Alcohol Care Teams established in each hospital to inform future decision making and test the early intervention and targeted prevention pilot. A clinical audit will be undertaken during 2024/25.

2023/24 to 2024/25

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