More than medicine

In People Powered Health, Nesta coined the phrase ‘More than Medicine’ to recognise a range of social interventions that build on and complement clinical care.

More than Medicine connects the clinical consultation with interventions such as peer support groups, debt counselling, walking groups, befriending, one-to-one coaching and community cooking classes. More than Medicine solutions are aimed at behaviour change, building social networks and addressing the social determinants of health.

The People Powered Health approach offers a vision for a health service in which the health and social care system mobilises people and recognises their assets, strengths and abilities, not just their needs. The ability to live well with long-term conditions is powered by a redefined relationship, a partnership of equals between people and health care professionals and the health and care system organises care around the patient in ways that blur the multiple boundaries between health, public health, social care and community and voluntary organisations.

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