Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy

The online consultation for the joint health and wellbeing strategy is now closed. We had responses from a range of individuals, organisations and businesses in Westminster and those who are interested in the future of Westminster.

1. About the strategy

Health and Wellbeing strategy

Find out more about local health and social care priorities in our Health and Wellbeing Strategy for 2017 to 2022. The strategy sets out how we will deliver services to help people in Westminster live a healthy life.

View the Health and Wellbeing strategy

The strategy focuses on prevention and early intervention.

The priorities are:

  1. Support for children, young people and their families to live healthier lives
  2. Helping people to prevent the onset of long-term health conditions such as dementia and heart disease
  3. Improving mental health services through prevention and self-management
  4. Improving the way we work to offer better health and social care.

The strategy has been produced by the council, Central and West London Clinical Commissioning Groups, Healthwatch and the voluntary and community sector with your input. The implementation will be overseen by the Health and Wellbeing Board.

Keeping updated

An implementation plan will be in place by early spring 2017. Details will be available on this webpage.

We will update you on the progress of this implementation every 2 months.

Contact and feedback

If you have any comments on health and wellbeing in Westminster please speak to your ward councillor or email

2. Background

Access to local healthcare services determines your health and wellbeing, along with other factors including your environment, community and lifestyle choices.

We want to transform health and care in Westminster to address our unique health challenges.

In Westminster, life expectancy varies depending on where you live. Children are more likely to be overweight and experience poor mental health than children elsewhere in London.

By 2033, we expect a 56% increase in diagnoses of conditions associated with ageing, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Plans to tackle these and other local health challenges

View our proposals which are part of a wider health and care plan for North West London. This is called the North West London Sustainability and Transformation Plan, which cover 8 boroughs, including Westminster.

The councils are working with the NHS to transform health and care to focus on prevention, self-care, wellbeing and effective community care outside of hospitals.  

Your feedback in our consultation will feed into this wider plan. Find out more

3. Our proposed priorities

We have highlighted four priorities that we will focus on over the next 5 years.

We want to help people make positive choices to improve their health including:

  • support for children, young people and their families addressing their mental and physical wellbeing
  • helping people to prevent the onset of long-term health conditions such as dementia and heart disease
  • improving mental health services through prevention and self-management
  • improving the way we work to offer better health and social care


4. Children and young people

Children in Westminster are more likely to be overweight, have poor dental health, and suffer from mental health issues.

To ensure that all children and young people are given the best start in life, we will focus on:

  • providing targeted support to families
  • ensuring front line staff are working together to support parents
  • providing opportunities for parents to learn and support each other
  • supporting young people’s emotional wellbeing through accessible and collaborative services
  • encouraging children and young people to monitor, improve and maintain their own health
  • supporting children and young people who volunteer and engage in civic activities
  • involving children and young people in co-designing health services

5. Long-term conditions

Westminster has a rapidly ageing population. Diagnoses of long-term conditions associated with ageing, such as dementia, will see a significant increase. Over 2,600 people in Westminster will have dementia by 2030.

Evidence suggests multiple long-term conditions are more common in poor areas of Westminster.

We will act early to tackle risk factors and ensure that people receive the best care and support, focusing on:

  • supporting working age adults to mitigate risk factors that contribute to the development of long-term conditions
  • creating the conditions for dementia-friendly communities
  • working with people with long-term conditions when developing services
  • supporting community resilience and social engagement
  • supporting and rewarding retired people who volunteer
  • developing an agile and responsive workforce which delivers joined up and high quality services

6. Mental health

Nearly half of all health issues for under-65s are related to mental illnesses. Westminster has more people receiving mental health social care services than neighbouring areas.

We will improve metal health in Westminster, by focusing on:

  • addressing stigma 
  • recognising the complex factors that impact mental health
  • supporting people in the workplace and tackling barriers into work
  • developing community resilience and cohesion
  • providing information that is tailored for people of all ages and situations

7. Health and care system

To deliver our bold vision for health and care, we will need to create an integrated health and care system.

We will focus on:

  • leadership to deliver the priorities of this strategy
  • improving our health and social care workforce
  • developing the estate required to facilitate new models of care and support
  • investing in information technology and data analytics
  • aligning payment incentives and business planning cycles
Last updated: 9 May 2018