Living Well is a collaborative public engagement project between the Oxford AHSN, Science Oxford and the Oxford Health Experiences Institute to support the exploration and understanding of health and healthcare.
Sustainable healthcare in the 21st century requires the spread of innovation: finding new and better ways of doing things and doing things that we know to work. This means not only new drugs, devices and diagnostics, but also new ways of involving the public: learning from them and helping them understand health and illness, manage their own health and access care when they need it.
As the number of patients with multiple, long-term conditions increases so does the need to improve knowledge and behaviours in the population and to transform the nature of their interaction with the clinicians and the systems caring for them. We need innovation in education for doctors and nurses. We need innovation in the way in which we design health and social care systems. We need truly personalised care and person-centred organisations.
We will focus this work initially in Oxford and explore what the concept of ‘living well’ means, drawing on areas that have significant public health impact, public interest and local research expertise, such as weight, diet and health, and ageing and dementia. So far we have:
- worked with a number of partners to deliver the following events:
+ a debate about genome data privacy, funded by the British Science Association
+ a stroke storytelling event at The Story Museum, part of Oxfordshire Science Festival (OSF)
+ a stroke-themed stall at Health Day at Templars Square Shopping Centre, part of OSF
+ a health-themed session at children’s summer holiday clubs in East Oxford and Rose Hill
- secured a grant from Wellcome to fund a “pop-up shop” entitled “Ageing: From Birth and Beyond” held in Templars Square Shopping Centre, Cowley, 15-21 May 2017