HLM Architects is proud to be supporting Lord (Nigel) Crisp, former Chief Executive of NHS England, for the launch webinar of his new book, ‘Health is made at home, hospitals are for repairs’.

HLM have worked with Nigel for over 10 years developing Thought Leadership programmes and events across specialist areas of the Built Environment.

In his book, Lord Crisp calls for new partnerships to build a healthy and health-creating society while there is still a positive feeling of unity and purpose around the country as a result of the ongoing pandemic. Urgent action is needed now before disillusion and despondency set in.

The NHS has been fighting for our lives for the last few months, with millions of healthcare workers showing how vital they are for our future. But contends Lord Crisp, it has been up to the general public in how far and fast the virus spreads.

There will still be a vital role for each of us when the current pandemic is over because the NHS alone is unable to deal with many of today’s major health problems such as loneliness, stress, obesity, poverty and addictions. Currently, there are people all over the country who are tackling these causes in their homes, schools, workplaces and communities – like Berkshire teachers working with children excluded from school, unemployed men in Salford improving their community, and bankers tackling mental health in London. They are not just preventing disease but creating health – and they take pressure off the NHS, so it is always there when we need it.

The book challenges us to set aside our normal assumptions and take off our “NHS spectacles” to see the world differently. And it calls for a new partnership between the NHS, Government and the general public to build a healthy and health creating society.

Christopher Liddle of HLM Architects, said: “We are at an important crossroads when it comes to the creation of healthy lifestyles and environments that keep us well and take the burden off hospitals and healthcare, and this book outlines what we can learn from the ongoing pandemic to improve our lives and ensure we are better equipped for the future. We are pleased to be able to support this important piece of work and help spread the word about what each of us can in our daily lives to make a difference.”

The book will be launched at the first of series of 7 webinars on ‘Building a healthy and health-creating society’, hosted by Victoria MacDonald, Health and Social Care Correspondent, Channel 4 and featuring a panel including Dr Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet, and Lord Andrew Mawson, Executive Chair, Well North.

The book and webinar are published and organised by SALUS Global Knowledge Exchange

To register for the webinar on Monday, 29 June at 11.00-12.30 BST please visit www.healthismadeathome.uk/webinars