Discussions at the Public Health England-supported event will include addressing health and wellbeing in cities, social prescribing, and the links between housing, open space, health and equality
This year’s Jellicoe lecture will take place on 2 November at Bristol City Hall. Continuing the theme of public health and wellbeing, the evening lecture will see speaker presenting on topics such as social prescribing and the contributions our built environments make to the public health agenda.
The Jellicoe lecture follows both the LI AGM and a CPD day run by LI South West in partnership with Public Health England. The CPD sessions will look at design-led strategies for creating healthier environments, highlighting the link between spatial planning and health and discussing design details that encourage well-being in residential neighbourhoods and city streetscapes.
A growing body of evidence is both linking landscape and public health, and placing health and wellbeing on the national and planning agendas. The LI aims to equip its members with the skills and knowledge they need to meet growing public demand.
Confirmed speakers for the Jellicoe lecture include:
- Councillor Asher Craig, Deputy Mayor of Bristol, on the Mayor’s plans for addressing health and wellbeing in the city;
- Dr Campbell Murdoch, South West Clinical Champion on Social Prescribing for Physical Activity, on social prescribing; and
- author Lynsey Hanley on the links between housing, open space, health and equality
Councillor Asher Craig
Asher Craig has over 30 years’ experience in community activism, management consultancy and, most recently, politics. Her work has emphasised the social and economic development of minority and under-represented communities. She has led and chaired a number of major partnerships and organisations at local, regional and national level and has worked within local government and third sector in the fields of employment and training, education and skills, recruitment, advocacy, and equality and diversity.
Asher was elected as the Labour Councillor for the ward of St George West, Bristol in May 2016. In August 2016, she was appointed to the Cabinet with the wide-reaching portfolio of Neighbourhoods.
In March 2017, Asher stepped into the new role of Deputy Mayor, bringing into and elevating the issue of public health within this new portfolio. She is committed to addressing discrimination and multi-level inequalities that impact diverse urban populations.
Asher is a school governor, board member of a National Awarding Body and Trustee of Fairfield House, Bath.
Dr Campbell Murdoch
Campbell Murdoch has been a GP since 2007 and currently practices in the South West of England. He also advocates for Public Health England as clinical champion for physical activity, leads on person-centred care at the NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group, tutors at the University of Bristol Medical School and works as a clinical advisor for the Royal College of General Practice.
Person-centred care is a core focus of Campbell’s work. He believes that evidence-based medicine works best when the patient is at the centre, often assisting people to be in control of their own health. He is driven by a desire to understand people, their diversity, their unique lives and their journeys, and what truly matters to them.
Campbell’s work also focuses on sports and exercise medicine, and the importance of lifestyle factors in optimal health and wellbeing (especially in the case of conditions related to metabolic health). He draws upon a broad range of skills and perspectives to innovate and develop effective, efficient and safe healthcare services in his many roles.
Campbell believes that by developing and diversifying how healthcare is offered, and by taking a population health approach, significant improvements can be made to the health and wellbeing of the global population.
An author and journalist, Lynsey Hanley was born in Birmingham and lives in Liverpool. She is the author of Estates: an Intimate History and Respectable: the Experience of Class. She contributes regularly to the Guardian and the Financial Times.
Lynsey’s talk, titled Open Spaces / Closed Places, will be about the experience of growing up on a large peripheral council estate. Though the estate won many awards for its landscaping, and was situated on the edge of the greenbelt, it felt in many ways detached from both natural green space and the resources of quality open space.
Lynsey will argue that while low-density housing, arranged around green verges and large unused or partially designated spaces, ought to give people a sense of breathing space, matching low density of housing and people with lesser economic and social resources can exacerbate isolation and increase inequality.