The following King’s Fund report offers information – and supplies links to resources – about nine key areas for council leaders to consider when trying to decide which aspects of public health may need to be prioritised. The nine policy areas where local authorities could have a significant impact are suggested to be:
- Early Years.
- Helping People Get and Keep Good Jobs.
- Active and Safe Travel.
- Warmer and Safer Homes.
- Access to Green and Open Spaces and Leisure.
- Community Resources, Wellness and Resilience.
- Public Protection and Regulatory Services (including takeaway / fast food, air pollution, and fire safety).
- Health and Spatial Planning.
The authors offer a ready-reckoner tool for prioritising local interventions:
“There are two tables, one considering the direct impacts of actions on health interventions, the other covering indirect impacts. The first table is based on our views on the impact of interventions in each area on the criteria selected and our view on the certainty of this. The second table gives our reflection on the interdependencies between health determinants, and how actions on one determinant affect the others”. (p.57)
Buck, D. [and] Gregory, S. (2013). Improving the public’s health: a resource for local authorities. London: King’s Fund, December 13th 2013.
See also the extensive references list:
Improving the public’s health: a resource for local authorities. References appendix. London: King’s Fund, December 13th 2013.
Tackling Health Inequalities (Public Health England)
Public Health England is holding a national consultation about health inequalities. Listening to communities across the country will help to understand the public’s views on health inequalities and their suggestions for narrowing the gaps.
Tackling health inequalities. London: Public Health England, February 19th 2014.
Directors of Public Health (DsPH)
A list of the Directors of Public Health in England, as of 2014, has been published. The Directors of Public Health in England are listed by region and local authority.
Directors of Public Health in England. London: Public Health England, February 13th 2014.
Directors of Public Health: “Six Months On” Survey Results
The following Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) report summarises the views of Directors of Public Health, six months after the move of public health into local authorities.
English transition 2013 ‘6 months on’ survey: summary results. Cambridge: Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH), January 2014.
Raiding the Public Health Budget (BBC News / BMJ)
A BMJ investigation indicates that, given transfer of responsibility for public health services to local authorities, there may have been some diversion of funds ring-fenced for public health into other council services (to help plug gaps arising from budget cuts).
Councils diverting public health cash, says journal. London: BBC Health News, March 27th 2014.
This relates to:
Raiding the public health budget. BMJ (Clinical research ed.), March 26th 2014, Vol. 348, g2274.
[A version of this collection features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 11, June 2014].
Air Pollution and Public Health
Possibly of interest, the Environmental Audit Committee has proposed that new schools, care homes and hospitals should be built away from major roads. due to the dangers of air pollution. It is estimated that there may be 29,000 deaths per year in the UK caused by air pollution.
Gallagher, J. (2014). Air pollution ‘causing deadly public health crisis’. London: BBC Health News, December 8th 2014.