The Future of Health Improvement

The Future of Health Improvement

UPDATE: The Government has announced it is setting up an Office of Health Promotion embedded within Department for Health and Social Care and reporting to both Secretary of State for Health and the Chief Medical Officer.

Recording of ASH webinar on 1st April on the  government plans for public health. Maggie Rae President, Faculty of Public Health;  Rt. Hon. Prof. Paul Burstow, Independent Chair, Hertfordshire and West Essex Integrated Care System;  Hazel Cheeseman Director of Policy, ASH; and David Buck Senior Fellow, The Kings Fund gave their expert insights. DHSC is asking for feedback and responses are due by 26 April using online form.  

    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.
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      organisations have endorsed the First Joint Statement.
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      organisations have endorsed the Second 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
      Balance
      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
      Bury Council
      Cancer Research UK
      CancerWatch
      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
      European Public Health Alliance
      Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health
      Faculty of Public Health
      Fresh
      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
      HENRY
      HIV i-Base
      Hospital Infant Feeding Network
      Humankind
      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
      Men’s Health Forum
      Mental Health and Addictions Research Group University of York
      Mental Health and Smoking Partnership
      Mental Health Foundation
      Mental Health Nurses Association
      METRO Charity
      Mind
      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
      Oxpip
      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
      Samaritans
      Sands
      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
      SPECTRUM
      Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
      Sustrans
      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
      UK Society for Social Medicine and Population Health
      University College London Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group
      Versus Arthritis
      World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative UK Steering Group
      World Cancer Research Fund
      Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
      Action on Salt
      Action on Smoking and Health
      Action on Sugar
      Addictions and Mental Health Group University of Bath
      Ageing Better
      Alcohol Change UK
      Alcohol Health Alliance
      Alzheimer’s Research UK
      Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA)
      Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH)
      Balance
      Better Breastfeeding
      Birth Companions
      Breathe 2025
      British Association for Nursing in Cardiovascular Care
      British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH)
      British Association for the Study of the Liver (BASL)
      British Association of Sport Rehabilitators (BASRaT)
      British Dental Association
      British Heart Foundation
      British HIV Association
      British Liver Trust
      British Thoracic Society
      Cancer Research UK
      CancerWatch
      Centre for Mental Health
      Diabetes UK
      Doctors’ Association UK
      Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health
      Faculty of Public Health
      Fresh
      Health Action Campaign
      Health Equalities Group
      HIV i-Base
      Hospital Infant Feeding Network
      Institute for Health Visiting
      Institute of Alcohol Studies
      Institute of Health Promotion and Education
      Local Government Association
      Lullaby Trust
      Mental Health and Addictions Research Group University of York
      METRO Charity
      Mind
      National AIDS Trust
      National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS)Yes
      NHS Confederation
      Nicotine Research Group, King’s College London
      Primary Care Respiratory Society (PRCS)
      Richmond Group
      Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
      Royal College of Physicians
      Samaritans
      Saving Lives UK
      Smokefree Action Coaltion
      SPECTRUM
      Sustrans
      Terrence Higgins Trust
      The Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region
      The Health Foundation
      Tobacco Control Research Group University of Bath
      UK Public Health Network
      UK Society for Social Medicine and Population Health
      University College London Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group
      Versus Arthritis
      World Cancer Research Fund International