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Exploring the views of planners and public health practitioners on integrating health evidence into spatial planning in England: A mixed-methods study

Lge-Elegbede, Janet; Pilkington, Paul; Bird, Emma; Gray, Selena; Mindell, Jennifer; Chang, Michael; Stimpson, Aimee; Gallagher, Dominic; Petrokofsky, Carl

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Authors

Janet Ige Janet.Ige@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Public Health

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Emma Bird Emma.Bird@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Public Health

Jennifer Mindell

Michael Chang

Aimee Stimpson

Dominic Gallagher

Carl Petrokofsky



Abstract

Background: This study explored barriers and facilitators to integrating health evidence into spatial planning at local authority levels and examined the awareness and use of the Public Health England Spatial Planning for Health resource.
Methods: A sequential exploratory mixed methods design utilised in-depth semi-structured interviews followed by an online survey of public health, planning and other built environment professionals in England.
Results: Views from 19 individuals and 162 survey responses revealed high awareness and use of the Spatial Planning for Health resource, although public health professionals reported greater awareness and use than other professionals. Key barriers to evidence implementation included: differences in interpretation and use of ‘evidence’ between public health and planning professionals; lack of practical evidence to apply locally; and lack of resource and staff capacity in local authorities. Key facilitators included: integrating health into the design of Local Plans; articulating wider benefits to multiple stakeholders, and simplifying presenting evidence (regarding language and accessibility).
Conclusion: The Spatial Planning for Health resource is a useful resource at local authority level. Further work is needed to maximise its use by built environment professionals. Public health teams need support, capacity and skills to ensure that local health and wellbeing priorities are integrated into local planning documents and decisions.

Citation

Lge-Elegbede, J., Pilkington, P., Bird, E., Gray, S., Mindell, J., Chang, M., …Petrokofsky, C. (2021). Exploring the views of planners and public health practitioners on integrating health evidence into spatial planning in England: A mixed-methods study. Journal of Public Health, 43(3), 664-672. https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdaa055

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 18, 2020
Online Publication Date May 19, 2020
Publication Date 2021-09
Deposit Date Apr 20, 2020
Publicly Available Date Oct 21, 2021
Journal Journal of public health (Oxford, England)
Print ISSN 1741-3842
Electronic ISSN 1741-3850
Publisher Oxford University Press (OUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 43
Issue 3
Pages 664-672
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdaa055
Keywords places, planning, public health
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/5876286
Publisher URL https://academic.oup.com/jpubhealth

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