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1st Edition

Creating Community Health
Interventions for Sustainable Healthcare

  • Available for pre-order on April 14, 2023. Item will ship after May 5, 2023
ISBN 9781032140971
May 5, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
248 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This important book explores how community-based interventions can bridge the gap between health services and the voluntary sector to create more sustainable, healthy communities. 

Moving beyond a technologically-driven, medicalised approach to healthcare, the book shows how social prescribing can provide a direct pathway to improving community health, embracing connection and challenging inequality.  Written by a practicing GP, and Illustrated through practical guidance, it demonstrates how this can offer a cost-effective, preventative means to improving health outcomes, enabling communities to be more resilient when confronting major issues such as climate change or pandemics.

Building to a case study of how these methods were used in one town, Ross-on-Wye, the book will be invaluable reading for those working in healthcare, public health, local authorities, and the voluntary sector, as well as students and researchers interested in these areas.

Table of Contents

1. Community Health 2. Health and its Determinants 3. Disorders of Society 4. Healthcare Structures 5. Prescribing Society 6. Social Prescriptions 7. Social Infrastructure 8. COVID-19 9. Planetary Health 10. Sustainable Policy 11. Developing Community

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Dr Simon Lennane has been a GP in Ross-on-Wye for twenty years. Simon was Clinical Director of the local Primary Care Network during the pandemic, responsible for urgent care and vaccination clinics, and was also clinical lead for mental health commissioning. Simon published research into ethnicity and deaths of healthcare workers from COVID-19. He has long been involved with community development in the town, and was a founder trustee of Ross Community Development Trust which supports the local voluntary sector.


"Social prescribing is critical to addressing the health of all patients. Traditional medicine covers at best 20% of their needs, and has significant side effects and risks. This book explores how developing communities facilitates lifestyle changes to improve population health."

-Sir Sam Everington, GP, Bromley By Bow Centre.