The Future of Health Improvement

Joint statements to the Government on public health reorganisation

In response to the Government’s published timetable for the restructuring of public health announced on 15th September, leading health organisations and alliances have set out six tests they believe Government proposals must pass to deliver truly world class outcomes in levelling-up health and securing a population resilient to future health risks.

The publication of these six tests follows the first joint statement endorsed by over 120 organisations across the health sector which sets out the principles a new public health system must be based on, to ensure delivery of the Government’s interlocking pledges to ‘level up’ society; significantly increase disability-free life years, while reducing inequalities; to improve mental health; reduce obesity and alcohol harm; and to end smoking.

The six tests are:

Test 1: Sufficient and secure funding to scale up health improvement interventions

Test 2: Sufficient high-quality public health experts in health protection, health improvement and healthcare public health functions

Test 3: The commitment and infrastructure to deliver health improvement at national, regional and local level

Test 4: A stronger health intelligence function which supports both health improvement and health protection and underpins accountability

Test 5: Improved co-ordination between the NHS and local government

Test 6: Strong relationships across health protection and health improvement across all four nations of the UK

Download the full statement including the detailed tests here.

    The statement is still open for endorsement by organisations and individuals.
    organisations have already endorsed the First Joint Statement.

    The first joint statement is available here.

    Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
    Action on Pre-eclampsia
    Action on Salt
    Action on Smoking and Health (ASH)
    Action on Sugar
    Addictions and Mental Health Group University of Bath
    Alcohol Change UK
    Alcohol Health Alliance
    All Party Parliamentary Group on Infant Feeding and Inequalities
    All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health
    Alzheimer’s Research UK
    Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance
    Association for Respiratory Technology & Physiology
    Association of Directors of Public Health 
    Asthma UK and British Lung Foundation Partnership
    Baby Lifeline
    Best Beginnings
    Better Breastfeeding 
    Birth Companions
    Blood Pressure UK
    Breathe 2025
    Bristol City Council
    British Association for Nursing in Cardiovascular Care
    British Association for Sexual Health and HIV
    British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers
    British Association of Sports and Exercise Medicine
    British Dental Association
    British Heart Foundation 
    British HIV Association
    British Liver Trust
    British Medical Association (BMA)
    British Thoracic Society
    Cancer Research UK
    Catholics for AIDS Prevention and Support
    Centre for Ageing Better
    Centre for Mental Health
    Centre for Perioperative Care  
    Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
    Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association
    DECIPHer Cardiff University 
    Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation
    Diabetes UK
    Doctors’ Association UK
    Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health
    Faculty of Public Health
    Gateshead Council
    Gay Men’s Health Collective
    GP Infant Feeding Network
    Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership 
    Group B Strep Support
    Health Action Campaign
    Health Equalities Group
    HIV i-Base 
    Hospital Infant Feeding Network
    Imperial College London Self-Care Academic Research Unit
    Institute of Alcohol Studies
    Institute of Health Promotion and Education
    Institute of Health Visiting
    Institute of Social Marketing and Health University of Stirling
    Kit Tarka Foundation
    Lullaby Trust 
    Maternal Mental Health Alliance
    Maternity Action
    Mental Health and Addictions Research Group University of York
    Mental Health and Smoking Partnership
    Mental Health Foundation 
    Mental Health Nurses Association
    METRO Charity
    National AIDS Trust
    National Axial Spondyloarthritis Society
    National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training
    National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society
    Nicotine Research Group, King’s College London
    Obesity Health Alliance
    Oral Health Foundation 
    Primary Care Respiratory Society 
    Primary Care Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Medicine Society
    Rethink Mental Illness
    Richmond Group
    Royal College of Anaesthetists
    Royal College of General Practitioners
    Royal College of Midwives
    Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
    Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
    Royal College of Physicians
    Royal College of Psychiatrists
    Royal Society of Public Health 
    Saving Lives UK
    Scottish Public Mental Health Special Interest Group
    Scottish Public Mental Health Special Interest Group
    Smokefree Action Coalition 
    Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group
    Society of British Dental Nurses
    Sophia Forum
    South Tyneside Smokefree Alliance
    Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
    Terrence Higgins Trust
    The Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region 
    The Brunswick Centre
    The College of Podiatry
    The Fatherhood Institute
    The Health Foundation
    The Hepatitis C Trust
    Tobacco Control Research Group University of Bath
    Turning Point
    UK Association for the Study of Obesity
    UK Community Advisory Board
    UK Public Health Network
    University College London Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group
    Versus Arthritis
    World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative UK Steering Group 
    World Cancer Research Fund