Policy, Strategy and Action


Healthy New Towns:  Barking Riverside, London and Northstowe, South Cambridgeshire

Barking Riverside and Northstowe are two demonstrator sites approved as part of a commitment in the NHS Five Year Forward View to dramatically improve population health, and integrate health and care services as new places are built and take shape.  Catherine represented Care City as co-lead of the Barking Riverside Healthy New Town initiative development phase. This work culminated in a funded delivery plan based on researcher and practitioner input of evidence and good practice alongside extensive community engagement, in partnership with MakeGood, to ascertain local priorities, opportunities and capacities.  Catherine continues to provide strategic advice and support to the team, with a particular focus on research. This includes working closely with Professor Nick Tyler of UCL on a suite of projects to optimise access and mobility around the site.  In Northstowe, Catherine is working with Chris Blandford Associates and Tim Gill of Rethinking Childhood to devise a play and healthy living strategy which will embed lifelong health, activity and exploration into the new town's physical environment.

In association with Iken Associates.

Barking Riverside sustainable housing

Read Catherine's blog about the 10 Healthy New Town Principles which have been incorporated in the Section 106 planning agreement with Barking Riverside Ltd.

You can read more about the Healthy New Towns on the NHSE England website here.


Built Infrastructure for Older People's Care in Conditions of Climate Change

Durham University's Built Infrastructure for Older People's Care in Conditions of Climate Change (BIOPICCC) was a 3-year research project which worked closely with local authorities to develop strategies to ensure infrastructures and systems supporting health and social care for older people are resilient to the harmful impacts of climate change, particularly extreme or severe weather events.  Though the original research focused on older people's care, it has proven relevant to a wider range of services and community resilience more generally.  Catherine conducted interviews with participants who were involved in the original research or have subsequently made use of the BIOPICCC toolkit to examine past and present impact and to consider the effects of changing political priorities, public spending cuts and health and social care restructuring.  With the Durham team and Climate UK, she then facilitated a peer-to-peer workshop looking at what helps take effective action and what gets in the way.

Funded by Durham University and the EPSRC via the ARCC Network.

Barking Riverside sustainable housing

Read the report on the impact of the BIOPICCC toolkit.

Read Catherine’s blog for LGiU describing her work to appraise the impact of the BIOPICCC research project.


Sustainable Development Strategy for the Health and Care System 2014–2020

The Sustainable Development Unit (SDU) is leading the development and delivery of a new strategy to embrace the whole health, public health and social care system and encompass the measures and targets against which progress will be assessed.

Catherine was commissioned to provide specialist advice and support in scoping the social care contribution to the strategy, spanning the consultation process, leadership engagement, strategy development and a sector carbon footprint.  She continues to support the SDU in engaging the sector.

Download Sustainable, Resilient, Health People & Places: A Sustainable Development Strategy for the NHS, Public Health and Social Care System 2014–2020.

Read Catherine’s guest blog for think tank LGiU on the importance of social care and local authority engagement with the strategy.



Sustainable Social Care Programme

Catherine Max Consulting initiated this major national policy and development programme which was funded by the Department of Health and Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). We identified the need to apply sustainable development principles to social care in response to the imperatives of demography, climate change and economics. We successfully raised awareness of sustainable development and built capacity across the sector through research, conferences, practitioner learning events, and publications.

Our work included a collaboration with Bristol City Council, with whom we explored how personalisation could stimulate the market for environmentally sustainable social care. See our case study report Bristol City Council and Mainstreaming Environmental Sustainability, and Sustainable Social Care and Personalisation: A Guide for Community Engagement, produced in conjunction with uscreates.

For further information about the programme, visit SCIE’s sustainability web pages where you can also download our publications.


Under the Weather: Health and Social Care Adaptation Toolkit

The Environment Agency’s Climate Ready service provides tools and information to help businesses and other organisations live with the changing climate, now and in the future. Climate Ready has published Under the Weather, a user-friendly reference resource for the health and wellbeing system to help clinical commissioners, directors of public health and social care, councillors, clinicians, the public and the third sector take action to adapt.

Catherine was the social care expert member of the project’s Technical Advisory Group and provided additional advice to consultancy URS who led development of the toolkit.

Under the weather

Under the Weather was launched at events hosted by Climate UK in Manchester and York, in February 2014. Presentations from these events can be found here.


Climate Impacts: Health Risk Assessment for London

We were commissioned by the London Climate Change Partnership (LCCP) to analyse the London-specific risks to public health and to health and social care services of climate change, and to make recommendations for adaptation of service planning and delivery. This was the first ever whole-region risk assessment for the sector. We tested these recommendations at a stakeholder workshop involving commissioners, policy-makers, and estates managers, which has led to a new coalition of cross-sector support for action on health and climate in London.

Read our Risk Assessment and Action Plan.

LCCP’s London’s Changing Climate—In Sickness and in Health provides an overview of our findings and recommendations for cross-sector action.

Delivered in partnership with Ben Cave Associates and Geofutures.

‘It is clear that the one thing we must not sacrifice is health.’
Gerry Acher, Chair, London Climate Change Partnership