Introducing Halton Healthy New Town

“Some of the UK’s most pressing health challenges – such as obesity, mental health issues, physical inactivity and the needs of an ageing population – can all be influenced by the quality of our built and natural environment. The considerate design of spaces and places is critical to promote good health.”

– Professor Kevin Fenton, National director for health and wellbeing at Public Health England, 1 May 2016

Halton Lea has been selected as one of ten ‘Healthy New Town Demonstrator sites’ in England and part of the Healthy New Towns programme, which aims to:

  • Develop new and more effective ways of shaping new towns, neighbourhoods and strong communities that promote health and wellbeing, prevent illness and keep people independent.
  • Show what is possible when we radically rethink how health and care services could be delivered, freed from the legacy constraints (i.e. existing services) that operate in other areas…
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Halton Hospital and Wellbeing Campus

The main way that we will achieve our goal of making Halton a Healthy New Town will be through the implementation of the new Halton Hospital and Wellbeing Campus, where health and care services, along with facilities for leisure, exercise and socialising, will be co-located and where staff will work together rather than as separate services or departments.

The campus is described as a purpose-built health and wellbeing hub where the health and social care system will be genuinely integrated, meaning services will make sure people get what they need, when they need it, from a system that is more efficient and effective. Benefits of the new hospital include a reduction in the cost of health and social care in Halton by 5% and roughly £103 million in savings and benefits over the next 40 years.