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Prevention for healthier lives: making it mainstream

At UHL, our vision is to be leading in healthcare and trusted in communities. A growing focus on prevention is fundamental to this. As an integrated provider of health and care services to the diverse 1.1 million population of Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland we have a huge opportunity – and responsibility - to contribute to healthier lives. 

The NHS Long Term Plan, published in 2019, set out the need for prevention work to tackle the growing demand for health services driven by population growth, ageing and unmet health needs. In our hospital settings, we frequently see the impact that a lack of preventative care can have – on patients’ health outcomes, quality of life, and demand on services. Yet we can also play a strong role in making prevention mainstream, by embedding preventative frameworks into our services and making every patient contact count. 

We are already making a difference through targeted intervention on alcohol and tobacco use, tuberculosis, and colleague wellbeing, overseen by UHL’s Prevention Taskforce. We know there is much more we can do, working with partners, colleagues and communities.

Prevention for healthier lives: making it mainstream is our prevention annual report highlighting work by colleagues alongside a range of partners to support local people to stay well and independent for longer.

You can read a summary report here.

You can read the full report here.