As many social inequalities widen, this is a crucial survey of local authorities’ evolving role in health, social care and wellbeing.
Health and social and public policy experts review structural changes in provision and procurement, and explore social determinants of health including intergenerational needs and housing. With detailed assessments of regional disparities and case studies of effective strategies and interventions from local authorities, this collaborative study addresses complex issues (Wicked Issues), considers where responsibility for wellbeing lies and points the way to future policy-making.
The Centre for Partnering (CfP) is a key outcome of this innovative review along with Bonner’s previous work Social Determinants of Health (2017).
“It is very welcome to see a book on the key role that local authorities play, and can play, in addressing and mitigating some of the social determinants of health… Chapters feature contributions from a multidisciplinary array of academics, practitioners and policymakers from across health, social care, law, housing, children and young people, and the public, private and voluntary sectors – a key strength of the book.” International Journal of Care and Caring
“Reducing health inequalities requires action in local government on the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. Read this book and be encouraged at the level of commitment and action that is happening already.” Michael Marmot, UCL Institute of Health Equity
“An engaging and informative overview of local authorities and the social determinants of health, which combines current issues with local examples to demonstrate how things have been done in practice.” Christina Cooper, Northumbria University
Adrian Bonner is Honorary Professor at the University of Stirling, and a consultant in community-based research for The Salvation Army. He was formerly Director of the Addictive Behaviour Group, in the Centre for Health Service Studies at the University of Kent.
Foreword ~ Rhodri Williams QC
Key Socio-political Changes Affecting the Health and Wellbeing of People ~ Adrian Bonner
Part 1: Health, Social Care and Community Wellbeing
Introduction ~ Adrian Bonner
Deaths of Despair: Probable Causes and Possible Cures ~ Harry Burns
The Role of English Local Authorities in Addressing the Social Determinants of Health: A Public Health Perspective ~ Jeanelle de Gruchy and Jim McManus
Health and Social Care Systems ~ Anna Coleman, Jolanta Shields and Tim Gilling
Strictly Come Partnering: Are Health and Wellbeing Boards the Answer? ~ David J Hunter
Part 2: The Role of Local Authorities in Promoting Health and Wellbeing in the Community
Introduction ~ Lord Graham Tope
Devolution and Localism: Metropolitan Authorities ~ Paul Dennett and Jacquie Russell
Wider Determinants of Health - Housing, Environment, Economy and Education more Important than Access to Healthcare: The Importance of Prevention and Early Intervention ~ Ruth Dombey and Adrian Bonner
Inequalities in Health and Wellbeing across the UK: A Local North East Perspective ~ Edward Kunonga, Gillian Gibson and Catherine Parker
Cultural Change and the Evolution of Community Governance: A North West England Perspective ~ Katie Arden, Keith Cunliffe and Penny Cook
Part 3: Local Authority Commissioning
Introduction ~ Mark Cook
The Changing Landscape of Local Authority Commissioning ~ Dave Ayre.
The Power and Value of Relationships in Local Authorities’ and Central Government Funding Encouraging Culture Change ~ Richard Smith
The Challenges Facing Local Authorities in Supporting Children and Families ~ Gayle Munro and Keith Clements
The Cost of Care if you Don’t Own your Home ~ Glenda Roberts
The Human, Learning, Systems approach to Commissioning in Complexity ~ Toby Lowe, Max French and Melissa Hawkins
Part 4: The Third Sector
Introduction ~ Alison Navarro
Commissioning and Social Determinants: Evidence and Opportunities ~ Chris Fox and Chris O’Leary
Future Generations: The Role of Community-based Organisations in Supporting Young People ~ Adam Bonner
Healthier Individuals and Reinvigorated Healthier Communities are Unachievable through the Hard and Soft Structures of the Commissioner/Provider Statutory approach without the Third Sector ~ Tony Thornton, Tony Chasteauneuf and Dean Pallant
Mutuality in the Public, Private and Third Sectors ~ Richard Simmons.
Part 5: Socio Economic Political Perspectives
Introduction ~ Lord Peter Hain
From Front-line Defence to Back-foot Retreat: The Diminishment of Local Government’s Role in Social Health Outcomes ~ Mike Bennett
The Health of Scottish Housing Policy ~ Isobel Anderson
Devolution of Cities and Local Communities ~ Catherine Farrell, Jennifer Law and Steve Thomas
Steadying the Swinging Pendulum: How Can we Combine the Best Aspects of Competing Approaches to Public Service Delivery? ~ Nigel Ball
Conclusion: Future Responses of Local Authorities to Socio Political Cultural Development ~ Adrian Bonner