Case studies

Innovation in local government is about improving the lives of the people in our communities. Browse through our case studies to see the many innovative programmes councils are involved in.

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Building Brighter Smiles – Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Faced with very poor oral health in young children and significant inequalities throughout the district, Bradford Metropolitan District Council has prioritised the oral health of young children, including it in its Health and Wellbeing Strategy and Inequalities Action Plan.

Smile4Life – Lancashire and Cumbria

Children in Lancashire and Cumbria have poorer dental health compared to children in other parts of England. The Smile4Life programme was developed in partnership with local authorities to address this problem.

Suffolk Smiles part of the Healthy Child Programme – Suffolk County Council

While oral health in Suffolk is generally good, just over 18 per cent of five-year-olds already have dental decay and in some parts of the county nearly a quarter have one or more decayed teeth.

Book and Brush at Bedtime with Dinosaur Douglas – London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

This project focuses on younger children and includes:

Healthy baby infant feeding policy – Manchester

Very young children in Manchester were found to have high levels of tooth decay. Prolonged bottle feeding, often with sugared drinks, was of particular concern in this area.

Healthy futures: supporting and promoting the health needs of looked after children

 All children have health needs, and local authorities now have a major role in meeting these.

Best start in life: promoting good emotional wellbeing and mental health for children and young people

In this briefing you will find examples of councils that are looking at innovative ways to provide support with a focus on children and families rather than static services, as well as more information about the scale of the problem and what steps can be taken.

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Health visiting: Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

This case study forms part of a children's public health transfer resource. On 1 August 2017, the council transferred all of its children’s services to a community interest company owned by the council and two other local authorities.  

Health visiting and school nursing: Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council

In January 2015, Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council went out to tender for the school nursing service and didn't receive any bidders. Between January and March, they did an options paper and Cabinet decided in March 2015 to transfer the service in-house and propose that they should subsequently explore also bringing health visiting in-house.

Gathering evidence with digital tools - Yorkshire and Humber

Hull and Wakefield have used PHE’s online SHAPE tool to work out how best to invest money in dental services. SHAPE has allowed officials to map where practices are against areas of high deprivation as a proxy for poor oral health.

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