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Tackling Childhood Obesity

The challenge

Childhood obesity is a significant problem in Hackney and is linked with other key priorities for the area, including childhood poverty and attainment.

Multiple organisations were working on addressing the problem. The complexity of the partnership context and scope of activities posed a risk to delivering the Healthy Weight Strategy; the partnership needed to ensure that the strategy was focused on the right people doing the right things.

Our approach and outcomes

Bluemarble led a jointly commissioned childhood obesity assurance review team for Team Hackney, in partnership with the Government Office for London and the Regional Public Health Group London. We used the principles behind our Solution Centre process to work with the senior team to review the current actions included in the action plan, the resource and cost impacts and governance. We introduced programme management disciplines to design delivery maps, plot spend and assess areas of risk, which, together with GIS mapping, clarified potential gaps in delivery. We held structured interviews with directors across the partnership and used their feedback, supported by the evidence, to recommend options on a new delivery model. We are continuing to support Team Hackney and the Partnership Boards through consultation and implementation, and working with Government Office London on sharing the lessons learned across the region.

What our clients say

“Working with Bluemarble was a very positive experience and the process enabled Hackney to think outside the box. Bluemarble didn't come with any preconceived ideas and they helped us take our thinking to the next level. Their independent perspective enabled us to see the scale of the childhood obesity issue more clearly and they challenged our perceived way of doing things. As a result we are now in a position to think bigger, be more ambitious and have a greater impact on this high priority outcome”

Partnership Director for Hackney Council

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