Health Lab brings together Nesta's practical work on health and ageing. We want to build on our work on people powered health over the past six years and take it further.
Our people powered health work started from an interest in the relationship between citizen and professional. We argued that this relationship needs to change – from a passive user being ‘done to’ by a professional, to a partnership focused on what is important to the person, in which each has relevant knowledge to bring.
Nowhere is this more important than health and ageing. People powered health captures some core principles for how we should create and maintain people's health:
- People: citizens living well with health conditions in their everyday life and working together as partners with professionals.
- Powered: not a zero–sum power shift, but a motivated workforce working with citizens to have more control over their own health.
- Health: recognising the social as well as clinical dimensions of health and wellbeing.
Over the past six years we have worked on this agenda with key players across the health, care, voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors. We have supported new practice on the ground and have influenced policy. We have helped convene a national alliance to achieve people powered health at scale. We are also developing a pioneering approach to transforming complex systems in health and care.
But we want to achieve more. Health Lab reflects Nesta’s long-term commitment to improving people’s health and wellbeing, in the context of an ageing population. Our focus will be on using social and digital innovations to significantly improve health and ageing. We will work with a wide range of partners to further develop, support and scale innovations to help create health and care that is for people, by people and with people.
Health Lab is about creating real change to improve people’s health.
We are always looking to work with others. If you are interested in finding out more about us and how to get involved, we would love to hear from you.