Healthy New Towns


Increase healthy life expectancy
Reduce health inequalities
Support inclusion and healthy ageing

Barking Riverside is the largest housing development site in East London. By 2031, over 10,800 new homes will be built in the area and it will have a population equal in size to Windsor. Accompanying these new homes will be new schools, places of worship, a health and wellbeing hub and an overground station.

In 2016, Barking Riverside was granted status as one of the ten ‘Healthy New Town’ developments across the UK.

Care City is specifically involved in leading the ‘New Care Models’ Work Stream of this Programme.

Why is this so important?

Substantial health inequalities exist within the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

Barking Riverside presents a significant and unique opportunity to positively shape the health outcomes of our local community, and to rethink how health and care services can be delivered. 

Cutting-edge health and social care research and practice influence every aspect of the planning and development of Barking Riverside. Care City and its partners are hopeful this will create a healthy and resilient community. 

The local community of Barking and Dagenham are at the heart of this programme. Care City promises and endeavours to collaborate with the people, who live, work and visit here to inform and refine the strategy taken.

Who's involved? The key stakeholders

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Care City’s 2017/18 New Care Models programme in Barking Riverside focused on embedding the innovations, and the learning, emerging from the Care City Test Bed into the new development.

Care City prototyped the following innovations at a GP Practice in the vicinity of Barking Riverside: 

  • HealthUnlocked Social Prescribing Tool: A platform that provides GPs with ready access to digital ‘social prescriptions’. This tool is steadily increasing in popularity within the pilot GP site. 
  • AliveCor Kardia Mobile ECG: A technology accompanied by an app which is used to detect atrial fibrillation in 30 seconds, which is currently being used by GPs within the pilot practice.
  • Kinesis QTUG: A technology which assesses mobility, and risk of falling. This technology was piloted at the practice, targeting patients aged 65 and over.

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What happens next

Care City will continue to build on the Healthy New Towns Programme Work and plans to deliver the following in 2018/19.

Improved Access to Primary Care through Pharmacy

We are improving access to services traditionally provided by GPs through developing, testing and evaluating a new model of primary and community care within local pharmacies.

We are doing this through supporting Britannia Pharmacy in Barking Riverside to deal with minor ailments, and to use digital ‘triage’ technology to enhance access to primary and self-care option from within pharmacy. It is hoped that through placing technology within pharmacies, at the heart of the Barking Riverside community, will aid the decline of the high level of ‘digital exclusion’ which is currently pervasive within the locality. Learn more here.

Partnering with ‘Everyone, Everyday’ to develop Social Prescribing

Care City will partner with Participatory City, an organisation which is currently driving the ‘Everyone, Everyday’ project within Barking and Dagenham.

Through collaborating with Everyone, Everyday and through building on the pre-existing social prescribing work of 16/17, Care City will aim to expand, diversify and improve accessibility to the social prescribing offer currently available in Barking Riverside.


Improving Musculoskeletal Services (MSK) through working with EscapePain

MSK related appointments account for roughly 25% of GP appointments. We are working to improve access of specialist MSK support closer to home, through working with EscapePain an innovation which supports people to self-manage arthritic conditions. 

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How to get involved

If you would like to be a part of, or contribute to, the Barking Riverside Healthy New Town developments please use the form below stating your area of interest, or potential innovative idea. 

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1st Floor, Barking Enterprise Centres CIC,
50 Cambridge Road,
Barking IG11 8FG

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