A 'Learning Matters' awards 2017 Case Study.
The Natural Health Service has been running since 2012. The programme was initiated with support from Champs Public Health Collaborative to address four key issues:
1. A need to focus on a greater range of assets that could support improved community health
2. A need to have a coordinated approach from those involved in developing health programmes based in the natural environment to provide a focus for commissioners and enhance opportunities for collaboration
3. A need to develop a range of products, using the natural environment as the basis for treating specific conditions that are of concern to health commissioners
4. A need to move from project-led funding to sustainable longer term commissioning of products that have a proven efficacy and can be shown to reduce costs to the NHS