Unlocking the potential within the NHS as an anchor institution | Comment
We need further action research to identify the practical mechanisms that NHS institutions could adopt here and now to drive forward progressive change, writes Tom Lloyd Goodwin, the associate director of the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES). The NHS is not just a service that provides healthcare free at the point of need. It is a social contract with the British people to deliver well-being. Research that we published last year – in conjunction with The Democracy Collaborative and the Health Foundation – examined the concept of the NHS as an anchor institution and the role it can play in addressing these wider determinants.