The transition of public health into local authorities introduces local democratic accountability to public health for the first time in almost 40 years.
The blueprint is complex, with a lengthy transition extending into 2013-2014. Continuing current delivery during the interim will be a challenge for all organisations involved.
The emerging model for public health delivery shifts roles, responsibilities, and redefines services and boundaries - all in the context of financial constraint.
Through Health and Wellbeing Boards, councils will exercise a lead role in creating a coherent strategy - integrating the commissioning of health, social care and public health services to better meet the needs of individuals, families, and local communities.
How we can help?
We can help you achieve positive public health outcomes for your communities by working with you to embed strong public health leadership, base decisions on robust evidence, and understand what is possible against a backdrop of limited funds.
- Council leadership for public health
- Connecting information and evidence to achieve positive outcomes
- Understanding the money and activity
We understand and interpret population health
- Applying our knowledge of data, evidence and policy to help produce health needs assessments and joint strategic needs assessments
We know what works in public health
- Since 2004, synthesising evidence from research, local data, and clinical opinion to help commissioners redesign services to deliver better value for money
We understand commissioning
- Since 1994, working with PCT-led committees to produce evidence-based commissioning policies to strengthen decisions both to invest and disinvest
- Work with clinical networks to benchmark current services and develop specifications for cost-effective services