Warrington UK Healthy City
Warrington is the largest town in Cheshire and has a population of around 200 000 people. The expansion and urbanisation of the new town of Warrington largely coincided with the Industrial Revolution when it became a key manufacturing town and a centre of steel (particularly wire), textiles, brewing, tanning and chemical industries. These days the distribution and logistics, IT and telecoms and nuclear industries are key employment sectors in the town which is a significant business centre in the north west. Despite the national downturn, the local economy continues to grow. It is the first town in the country to be awarded Healthy Cities status.
Warrington’s healthy journey
The Warrington Partnership is the Local Strategic Partnership (LSP) for the town. It is made up of commissioners, providers, businesses and residents. Collectively partners have come up with a programme called ‘Closing the Gap’ to address the health inequalities in the communities of Warrington.
The local Health and Wellbeing Board will be the forum which will oversee the Health Cities Action Plan. The board has early implementer status and is an acknowledged national leader for collaborative leadership. Warrington Clinical Commissioning group is an early implementer for as is the town's developments for healthwatch.
The local Health and Wellbeing Board and LSP have been jointly working on a ‘Wellbeing Strategy for Warrington.’ Five priority areas have been identified:
- Closing the Gap
- Safe and sustainable communities
- Ensuring the best start in life and transition to adulthood
- Living and working well
- Promoting wellbeing for older people.
Key themes in this strategy include tackling wider determinants of health such as housing, employment and education, reducing inequalities, enhancing community led partnership approaches to service delivery and design at a neighbourhood level.