New Public Health Service for England

In April 2013 a new Public Health Service came into operation in England.

Environmental health practitioners are playing a key role in the new service which is being run by local authorities.

The CIEH has been working hard to influence public policy on the development of the new service and to support CIEH members whose participation in the new service is crucial to its success.

Part of this support includes the production of a series of pamphlets outlining how the new service affects EHPs and what they can do to help ensure its success.

On 19 November 2012 we held a conference entitled England’s New Public Health Service - Making it all Work at which public health minister Anna Soubry confirmed that EHPs are seen as the ‘guardians of public health.’

In December 2012 we published a briefing note for CIEH members outlining what a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment entails and how environmental health services may contribute to the local health mapping either to contribute to the JSNA process directly and/or to use health mapping to aid the environmental health service response.

In February 2013 we contributed to a District Councils’ Network publication entitled District Action on Public Health.How district councils contribute towards the new health and wellbeing agenda in local government. The publication demonstrates how the activities of district councils will improve health outcomes across the Public Health Outcomes Framework and how districts’ frontline services, public assets and local partnerships have a unique and multi-dimensional role in improving outcomes across the wider determinants of health, health improvement and health protection.

We also commissioned Nottingham Trent University to develop a mapping health toolkit that enables environmental health officers to develop public health profiles for their locality.

The report, published by The Kings Fund and commissioned by the District Councils' Network (DCN), The district council contribution to public health: a time of challenge and opportunity, aims to contribute to the understanding, assessment and development of the role of district councils in improving the health of their citizens and communities. The report focuses on district councils' role in promoting public health through some of their key functions and enabling roles.

Background to the new Public Health Service for England 

The Health and Wellbeing System Improvement Programme

The Local Government Association has assembled a Health and Wellbeing System Improvement Programme which is a single support and improvement offer being delivered together with partner organisations. It covers health and wellbeing boards, public health and Local Healthwatch. The aim is that “Health and Wellbeing Boards will be confident in their system wide strategic leadership role, have the capability to deliver transformational change through the development of effective strategies to drive the successful commissioning and provision of services and will be able to create improvements in the health and wellbeing of the local community.”

The CIEH is a supporting partner organisation and is represented on the Health and Wellbeing System Improvement Steering Group. Further information on the programme and the initiatives it covers can be found in the programme’s prospectus.

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