The Young Foundation appointed by NHS to create guidance for Healthy New Towns programme

Date: 26 April 2018


The Young Foundation has been appointed by NHS England (NHSE), in partnership with the Town and Country Planning Association, the King’s Fund and others, to create a publication for the development of the Healthy New Towns programme, showing those involved how they can embed health and wellbeing from the outset. Originating from the NHS Five Year Forward View strategy and its emphasis on place-based systems, health prevention, new care models and tackling health inequalities, the Healthy New Towns programme explores how housing and health can be brought together so that new developments can achieve better health outcomes. The publication will draw on the practical learning developed by NHSE which has been working with ten housing delivery sites across England.

The sites have been exploring four key aspects of creating Healthy New Towns:

  • Built Environment: using the commissioning, planning, design, programming, management and maintenance of the physical environment, including buildings, streets and other outdoor spaces, to tackle preventable disease and support healthy behaviours and experiences;
  • New Care Models: planning and implementing new health and care funding arrangements, systems, services, contracts, digital technologies and estates;
  • Community Activation: developing community networks and activities to support social connections, participation and empowerment, behaviour change and healthier lifestyles;
  • Economic Analysis: with academic and commercial partners, developing an evaluation framework to measure economic investments and outcomes across the domains.

The Young Foundation will lead on the creation of the publication related to ‘community activation’, drawing together the Foundation’s practical experience and research on community engagement and action, health and housing. The Young Foundation will be working closely with other partners, to learn from the 10 Healthy New Towns sites, existing toolkits and evidence, the community sector and user views. The guidance will be published in April 2019.

Helen Goulden, CEO of the Young Foundation said; “We are thrilled to be have been appointed by NHSE to create the publication for the Healthy New Towns programme focused on community activation. This work builds on our rich history of working alongside communities to co-create solutions that put people in the driving seat in developing both good physical health and flourishing wellbeing. Working with partners including TCPA and King’s Fund will bring to the programme a range of expertise and skills which together mean we can ensure the publication is highly significant and relevant.”


Notes to editors:

  1. For interviews and more information please contact: Kristel Tracey, Tel 020 8709 9269
  2. The Young Foundation finds new ways of tackling major social challenges by working alongside communities, using the tools of research and social innovation.
  3. We have created and supported over 80 organisations including: Which? The Open UniversityLanguage LineSocial Innovation ExchangeSchool for Social Entrepreneurs, Uprising and Action for Happiness.
  4. The Healthy New Towns programme webpage is at: