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The Health Foundation's report on Building healthier communities: the role of the NHS as an anchor institution explores the ways in which NHS organisations can improve the health and wellbeing of their local communities, outside of providing health care.

Anchor institutions are large, public sector organisations that are unlikely to relocate and have a significant stake in a geographical area. The report showcases where NHS organisations are already implementing anchor practices, and outlines how decision makers across the health care system can maximise the contribution the NHS makes to the social, economic and environmental conditions that shape good health.

In this webinar you will have the chance to hear from two local system leaders who will share their experiences of working together to develop and implement anchor strategies, including working in partnership to support community development, and progressive approaches to procurement and employment.

We’ll also discuss our plans for supporting the scale and spread of practice moving on from the report and the commitment made by NHS England and Improvement in the Long Term Plan.

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Laura currently manages the Strategy & Partnerships team in Sheffield City Council. The Strategy and Partnerships team is a centre of policy and strategy development expertise for the Council and supports a number of key strategic partnerships in the city including the Sheffield City Partnership (SCP). Laura has been working with the SCP since 2017 to develop their approach to building a more inclusive and sustainable economy in Sheffield and has previously held policy and partnership roles in Sheffield City Council and Essex County Council. She has also worked on partnerships in the voluntary and community sector and done policy and research work for the Social Enterprise Coalition (now Social Enterprise UK) and the local government think tank, Localis. Laura has a PhD in Politics from the University of Sheffield, where her research and teaching focused on Global Political Economy.

Sandi brings more than 25 years' experience of working across all aspects of the NHS. With a career starting in Occupational Therapy in Sheffield, she has since gained a wealth of experience in operational and leadership roles.

Sandi holds a master's degree in Health Care Practice, an IoD Diploma in Company Direction and has achieved the NHS Leadership Academy Award in Executive Healthcare Leadership.

She is employed as Assistant Chief Executive for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and is a Director of Legacy Park Limited, a Member of the Joint Independent Audit Committee for the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner and a Non-Executive Director for South Yorkshire Housing Association.

Living in Sheffield, Sandi enjoys spending her spare time with her family, running in the Peak District and watching motor sports!

Sandi Carman


Sarah Reed joined the Health Foundation in February 2017 as Improvement Fellow.

Prior to joining the Health Foundation, Sarah was a Network and Policy Manager at NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC), a hosted network of the NHS Confederation. There she led policy analysis and oversaw the strategic development and delivery of NHSCC’s member networks in the areas of finance, governance and core cities.

Previously she was a Programme Director at the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER), a research organisation in Massachusetts that evaluates the evidence on the value of medical tests, treatments and delivery system innovations. There she worked with key stakeholders – including insurers, provider organisations, and patients – to translate evidence into policy decisions to help support a more effective and efficient health care system.  Prior to ICER, Sarah was a Researcher at the LSE Health.  

Sarah has an MSc in International Health Policy from the London School of Economics.

Sarah Reed

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