Improving public health outcomes

Why clusters of lifestyle behaviours matter
The King's Fund

About this event

The King's Fund's publication, Clustering of unhealthy behaviours over time: implications for policy and practice, has shown a clear link between the health inequalities in socio-economic and educational groups and the uptake of multiple unhealthy behaviours.

This conference explored how we can use this knowledge to improve the health outcomes for our local populations and, in particular, how we can ensure that the health outcomes for the poorest section of the population can be improved.

You can download the conference posters and the speakers' presentations from the tabs above. See tweets from the day on our Storify feed.

Highlights from this event

Jessica Allen: how can we tackle health inequalities?

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Jessica Allen
Jessica Allen, Project Director – Health Inequalities Review for England, UCL Institute of Health Equity, draws on findings from the Marmot Review to look at how health inequalities and life expectancies vary across the English population, and how we can tackle these inequalities in the future.

Watch the video highlights of Jessica's presentation

Catherine Swann: what are the implications of adopting multiple unhealthy behaviour strategies?

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Catherine Swann
Catherine Swann, Associate Director at the Centre of Public Health Excellence, NICE, discusses NICE's forthcoming public health guidance and the key challenges around tackling complex and multiple behaviours in the population.

Listen to Catherine's presentation

Janet Atherton: what are the implications of adopting multiple unhealthy behaviour strategies?

Janet Atherton

Janet Atherton
Janet Atherton, President of the Association of Directors of Public Health, shares how the metropolitan borough of Merseyside has narrowed the gap in life expectancies by targeting the areas that are most at risk of multiple unhealthy behaviours.

Listen to Janet's presentation



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Session one: Exploring multiple unhealthy behaviours

Welcome and introduction
David Buck, Senior Fellow, Public Health and Inequalities, The King's Fund

  • Multiple unhealthy behaviours in adolescents
    Rona Campbell, Co-director, The Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer)
  • How can we tackle health inequalities?
    Jessica Allen, Project Director – Health Inequalities Review for England, UCL Institute of Health Equity
  • Panel session - what are the implications of adopting multiple unhealthy behaviour strategies?
    Catherine Swann, Associate Director, Centre of Public Health Excellence, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
    Janet Atherton, President, Association of Directors of Public Health
  • Questions and discussion

Session two: Understanding clustering of behaviours - poster presentations

Welcome back

  • NIHR Public Health Research Programme
    Sheila Turner PhD, Senior Research Fellow (NIHR Public Health Research Programme), National Institute for Health Research
  • Multiple health behaviours and East Londoners: The Well London Study
    Adrian Renton, Director, Institute for Health and Human Development, University of East London
  • How population data can help focus provision in local areas
    David Nisbet, Client Development Executive, Health Experian
  • Tools to help capture multiple unhealthy behaviours
    Gary Bickerstaffe, Health Improvement Specialist (Health Settings), Royal Bolton Hospital
  • Understanding clustering of multiple behaviours: how data categories can help
    Patrick Tate, Associate Director, CACI Ltd
  • Understanding clustering of unhealthy behaviours in young people
    Claire James, Policy Officer, Mentor UK
  • Multiple health behaviours: What it means for Kirklees
    Helen Bewsher, Senior Manager Public Health Intelligence, NHS Kirklees
    Dr Sinead McElhone, NHS Kirklees
  • Questions and discussion

Session three: Putting research into practice - poster presentations

Welcome back

  • Tackling multiple health behaviours: a case study from Leicester
    Stephen Gunther, Public Health Specialist Trainee, NHS East Midlands
  • Working with disadvantaged young women: Streetgames and multiple health behaviours
    Paul Jarvis, Strategic Lead for Sport and Health, Streetgames
  • Changing multiple health behaviours: The contribution of health trainers and community health champions
    Jane South, Professor, Healthy Communities, Institute for Health and Wellbeing, Leeds Metropolitan University
  • Tackling multiple health behaviours: What we're doing in Yorkshire and Humber
    Frances Cunning, Director of Public Health, NHS North Lincolnshire
  • Multiple health behaviour change: how to tackle linked behaviours
    Professor Adrian Taylor, Chair in Exercise and Health Psychology, Sport and Health Sciences, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter
  • Tackling multiple behaviours in the hospital: a case study of change
    Jason Strelitz, Public Health Registrar, Royal Free Hospital
    Lucy Gate, Wellbeing Centre Lead, Royal Free Hospital
  • Tackling multiple behaviours:  The role of Integrated Wellness Services in Knowsley
    Jude Stansfield, Independent Public Health Specialist, Cheshire & Merseyside Public Health Network
    Chris McBrien, Public Health Programme Manager, NHS Knowsley/Knowsley MBC
    Elspeth Anwar, Public Health Speciality Registrar, NHS Knowsley/Knowsley MBC
  • Questions and discussion

Session four: Policy development

Panel session - how can we find more effective ways to help people in lower socio-economic groups to improve their health behaviours?

  • Tim Baxter, Head of Public Health Policy and Strategy Unit, Department of Health
  • Jonathan Marron, Director of Strategy, Public Health England
  • Further panelists to be confirmed
  • Questions and discussion

Closing comments and next steps
David Buck, Senior Fellow, Pubilc Health and Inequalities, The King's Fund