Tuesday, 27 January, 2015
Blackburne House, Hope Street, Liverpool
8am - 1pm

We are pleased to invite you to this event, hosted by the Heseltine Institute for Public Policy and Practice in collaboration with Nature Connected – the Liverpool City Region Local Nature Partnership – and the North West Coast Academic Health Science Network.

People enjoy visiting and creating green spaces. But, whilst we may instinctively believe that parks and open spaces improve our quality of life and our physical and mental well-being, the inter-relationships between nature, health and well-being are complex and establishing a strong evidence base to change policy and practice is not straightforward.

There is a similarly multi-faceted relationship between nature and the economy. Whilst some leading cities are placing an increasing emphasis on their natural assets, quantifying the value of these and the services that they provide to society is problematic.

Despite this complexity, there is an imperative to act. In Liverpool, 80% of the City Region is blue or green space – more than any other urban area in the UK. Whilst the Local Enterprise Partnership is committed to supporting ‘natural capital’, spatial health inequalities and high levels of chronic disease persist and there remains a risk that investment in green infrastructure is not balanced with that in economic growth.

A breakfast session (8-10am), including contributions from Dr Ben Wheeler (Exeter University), Dr Karyn Morrissey (Heseltine Institute), Sarah Dewar (Liverpool CCG), Paul Nolan (Mersey Forest) and Alan Jemmett (Merseyside Environmental Advisory Service), will ask how Liverpool can make better use of its unique natural assets to support a stronger economy and greater health and well-being.

A morning workshop (10.30am-12.30pm) will then focus on what practical steps we can take collectively to transform current practice and policy research. The event will close with an informal lunch.

Please note that places are strictly limited. To register for the breakfast session and/or the morning workshop, please contact  heseltine@liv.ac.uk.

Upcoming events

Technology Enabled Living event

7 November, 2017

Martin Dawes Stand, Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington

Technology enabled living – Using digital technology to empower citizens to lead independent healthy lives.   In the last few years, there has been a rapid development and adoption of technologies that change the way we live. Some of the technologies are on the horizon whilst others are already in our pockets, our homes, local surgeries and hospital; but many are not deployed systematically in...

Read more

Inspiring Culture Changes

7 November, 2017

The Mecure Haydock Hotel J23 off M6

Health Education England in the North West is pleased to announce a free half-day workshop to share experiences of cultural assessment from local organisations. Come and hear how local organisations have used cultural transformation tools, what challenges they have faced and what the impact has been so far. Join the conversations and be inspired to think about how a better understanding of...

Read more

Children & Young People's event - Keeping children out of care and self-harm

21 November, 2017

Bridge Suite, Select Stadium, Lowerhouse Lane, Widnes, Cheshire

Background: The emotional wellbeing of children and young people is a key priority across Cheshire & Merseyside and the Directors of Public Health have been working together with the Directors of Children’s Services on new ways of working to improve emotional wellbeing. A prioritisation event was held last year, where a new priority of self-harm was chosen to work on together. This follow up...

Read more

    West Midlands Public Health Practitioner Development Scheme, in conjunction with HEE Genomics Education Programme     Open invitation to anyone who contributes to the public’s health in the UK to learn more about genomics and how it can impact their own work, hearing from key leaders in the field. Aims of the event include: To raise awareness & provide an overview of genomics & its...

Read more

Health Protection Event - Air Quality Workshop

7 December, 2017

Select Stadium, Widnes

Background: Air pollution is now known to be associated with much greater public health risk than was understood even a decade ago, and more risks are emerging.  In the UK, air pollution is the largest environmental risk linked to deaths every year; around 5% of all deaths are attributable to air pollution fine particulate matter. The Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants (COMEAP)...

Read more