The Royal Society for Public Health has published Bringing the health improvement workforce together. This report suggests that health improvement services in the UK are converging on an integrated model based on co-location in order to survive funding cuts.
Although this transition is largely a response to financial pressures, it is providing significant opportunities to deliver better health outcomes through the more integrated, whole-person approach to health that co-location can facilitate.
The report confirms the effectiveness of the health improvement services monitored by the Data Collecting and Recording System (DCRS) across a range of metrics – including a 136% increase in vigorous exercise, a 52% increase in fruit and veg consumption, and a 37% decrease in alcohol consumption post-intervention – as well as their success in engaging with clients in more deprived target demographics which are hard for traditional primary care services to reach. 81,905 clients came through these services between 1 September 2015 and 22 June 2016 alone.