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Simon Tanner: how can we make the health legacy of the Games lasting for Londoners?

Simon Tanner, Director of Public Health at NHS London, talks about the benefits of the Games for Londoners, and how the health legacy can be sustained.

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Simon Tanner: how can we make the health legacy of the Games lasting for Londoners?

  1. 1. How can we make lastinghealth and well being forLondoners the legacy of theGames?Dr Simon TannerRegional Director of Public Health for London11 October 2012 1
  2. 2. NHS responsibilities as set out in the Bid Commitments and Host City Contract• Ambulance cover at sports venues• 3 designated ‘Games Family’ hospitals• Free healthcare for Games Family• NHS volunteers• Public health surveillance• Well tested emergency response capability• ‘Business as usual’ service levels for local• People and visitors• Health legacy 2
  3. 3. Our approach to Health Legacy• Consistent focus that ran through all stages and workstreams of the programme – from planning to delivery.• Challenge: how could an elite sporting festival lead to a legacy of health improvement? – Participation in sport and physical activity is good for health and reduces healthcare costs – Evidence suggests the benefits won’t appear without a strategy – Health inequalities in London meant our strategy had to be broader than sport to make a difference 3
  4. 4. Our strategy: Go London“Use the once in a lifetime opportunity for hosting the Gamesas a catalyst for generating a sustainable increase inphysical activity participation and for promoting healthierlifestyles among Londoners up to and beyond 2012” Dame Ruth Carnall, Chief Executive NHS London 4
  5. 5. Outline of the Go London Health Legacy Framework• Physical activity for health and wellbeing• Child health• Partnerships• In addition to NHS systems and infrastructure 5
  6. 6. Achievements to date• 2009 Go London legacy strategy developed.• 250 local health and wellbeing programmes associated with the 2012 Games across London, for people of all ages, health status and disability.• Pan London and national coverage and collaborations with commercial orgs.• Strategy in development to mainstream health benefits in the new health system.• Games also used as a catalyst for longer term improvement to strengthen systems and process in service provision. 6
  7. 7. What next? • Continuing to work with partners to ensure effective projects are sustained to bring about lasting health benefits. • Cabinet Committee on legacy re-launched, led by Maria Miller, Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport, with Lord Coe as legacy ambassador. • Government departments prepare 4 year legacy plan. • NHSL tailoring approach to implement health improvement plan for London to include: - supporting local programmes, in particular the east London ‘convergence’ programme. - securing commercial sponsorship, - developing the Sir Ludwig Guttmann health and wellbeing centre as beacon for health legacy, - encouraging the NHS and its patients to become healthier. • Annual legacy Directory to be published till 2016. 7

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