In my role as Chairman of NHS Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group, I’ve seen first-hand how important it is that we work in partnership across the NHS, with Croydon Council and the voluntary sector to improve local health and care services and to give people the chance to take ownership of their own health. This kind of education is invaluable, as once you can take better care of yourself, you inevitably become a happier and more fulfilled person. Simply talking about the challenges you’re facing, supporting others and helping each other on your way makes people happier and reduces the need
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Talking, supporting and helping each other makes people happier and reduces the need for specialist care. The challenge With the largest child population in London, Croydon has the highest number of looked after children and higher than London and national averages for under-18s admissions for mental health issues. Croydon is also experiencing a social care crisis with 80% of the council’s £300m annual budget being spent on health, wellbeing and adult services, yet we know that if we all talked, supported and helped each other, and ourselves, more, we would prevent the need for this huge spend.