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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COVID-19 case studies

Councils are doing remarkable work to address the challenges brought by coronavirus. Good council practice related to the COVID-19 outbreak can be found on our dedicated web hub.

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Active Herts

Active Herts is a research led and independently evaluated project which uses evidence-based behaviour change techniques to support inactive adults to increase their physical activity levels.

Air quality in Portsmouth: using design principles to address air quality

Public health in Portsmouth is threatened by poor air quality. Across the UK, it is estimated that air pollution contributes to between 28,000 and 36,000 deaths per year.

Babergh and West Suffolk: taking health promotion out to park and green spaces

Both Babergh and West Suffolk Councils have a strategic partnership with Abbeycroft Leisure to run outdoor activities and cooking sessions in local parks and green spaces during the pandemic.  

Barnsley: creating a diagnostic hub in new retail and leisure centre

In Barnsley the hospital trust and council have worked together to create a diagnostic unit in the new retail and leisure centre, which has been developed as part of a £200 million regeneration of the town centre. The diagnostic unit will provide local people with access to a range tests and scans and help reduce the backlog in planned care that has developed during the pandemic.

Bedfordshire: From contact tracing to boosting vaccination uptake

The public health team serving Central Bedfordshire, Bedford Borough and Milton Keynes has set up flexible COVID-19 team that has moved seamlessly from local contact tracing to encouraging local residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Blackburn with Darwen Council: supporting schools and care homes with rapid testing

The public has got used to using and ordering rapid tests themselves. Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council has focused its efforts on targeting its support towards those most in need. Key to this has been its mobile testing unit.

Blackpool Council: the benefits of sharing good practice

Blackpool Council has worked with neighbouring areas to share good practice when it comes to sexual health services. It has helped the council improve and develop the way it provides support. This case study forms part of our sexual health resource.

Bracknell Forest Council: engaging community groups and clubs

Bracknell Forest Council has built on its involvement with the national Self Care Week by running a Year of Self Care and then setting up a community-wide network of clubs and groups that is seeing thousands of local people taking part in activities and looking after their health and wellbeing. This forms part of our resource on self care.

Bradford Council: creating an easy-to-understand self care campaign

Self Care Week has been running across Bradford and Craven for a number of years. Last year the council’s public health team and three clinical commissioning groups introduced a new campaign: the Make One Change Challenge. It inspired thousands to start taking action This forms part of our resource on self care.

Bradford Race Equality Network

Since September 2020, Bradford’s Race Equality Network (REN) has been delivering the COVID-19 Prevention Project for BAME and Central Eastern European (CEE) communities, funded by Bradford Council’s Public Health department.