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PHE – Duncan Selbie’s Friday Message 14 October 2016

14th October 2016

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Short weekly update from the CEO of Public Health England (PHE), including:

  • Publication of a new report: Health and Wealth – Closing the Gap in the North East. The Prime Minister has said that inequality in healthy life expectancy is unacceptable and that she wants social and economic reform that will establish an ‘economy that works for everyone’. The PHE report sets out how the North East can lead the way on this. Health outcomes are stubbornly poor, the NHS and social care services are, by English standards, overused, and health  inequalities are far too great.  That’s why their first recommendation is that the entire system needs to shift its priority towards prevention.
  • Monday was World Mental Health Day, with a host of celebrities supporting a new anti-stigma campaign from NHS  England, the Department of Health and the YMCA.
  • PHE partnered with the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families to launch the first-ever resource to help schools and colleges in the UK to measure and monitor children and young people’s wellbeing.
  • Clara Swinson has been appointed Director General for Global and Public Health at the Department of Health.