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PHE – Duncan Selbie’s Friday Message 3 February 2017

3rd February 2017

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

  • PHE has supported Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership to publish an ambitious plan for public health that targets all stages of life, puts strong focus on prevention and clearly links better health and wellbeing with work prospects and the economy
  • PHE held a joint roundtable with the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy to look at how they can develop a return on investment tool for spend on prevention that draws on the evidence base, provides a clear appraisal model for investing in upstream prevention and endorses a step change in annual financial reporting of preventative spend
  • the return of PHE’s ActFAST campaign, which reminds people of the key symptoms of stroke and the importance of calling 999 immediately
  • the National Falls Prevention Coordination Group, coordinated by PHE, published a consensus statement that outlines ways to support effective and integrated commissioning of interventions to help prevent falls and fractures
  • a programme of ‘getting to know you’ events is being planned for PHE staff to see the potential of the move by 2024 to their new scientific campus in Harlow, Essex
  • congratulations to Professor Kevin Fenton, PHE’s Director of Health and Wellbeing, who will be embarking on a three-year secondment to Southwark Council starting in April