Thurrock Council lay out “vision” at health summit

THURROCK’S first Health, Well-being and Planning Summit took place recently (21 September), with leaders from across south Essex coming together to discuss how departments can work closer to plan for health.The summit brought together local, regional and national experts in health, planning and regeneration to discuss some of the big issues facing not only Thurrock, but the whole of South Essex.Topics covered were wide ranging and included planning effectively for healthy weight environments, meeting the needs of an aging population and making sure that health facilities and services are located in the right place.Speaking after the summit, Portfolio Holder for Education and Health, Cllr James Halden, said: “Working together is not just about meetings and agenda, it’s about vision and mind-set.”These events, which get people under one roof and talking to each other, are a great way to break down the silos and find joined-up solutions to common problems. “We need to focus on delivery. When we talk about building new health hubs we need to move past design and onto delivery; that way instead of losing partner buy-in, we will bring the community with us when they see and comment on how we are rolling out better services.Cllr Mark Coxshall, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, welcomed the progress made at the event: “Thurrock Council has long recognised that planning at all levels can play a crucial role in creating environments which enhance people’s health and well-being.”Through working in partnership with other authorities and through the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission, we can achieve our ambitious plans for integrated services.

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