Public health system reform summit

Getting the balance right
Date: 
Venue: 
The King's Fund

Event highlights

Our public health system reform summit was the second in a series of three considering reforms to local health systems and changes in power and alignments between local authorities, the third sector and the NHS.

Presentations and talks from the summit

Anne Milton MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health, outlines how the new public health system will help improve public health and tackle inequalities.

Tim Baxter, Head of the Public Health Development Unit, Department of Health, gives an overview of the government's new vision for public health and the responses to the public health White Paper consultation.

Anne Milton MP and Tim Baxter take questions from the audience on the future of public health system reform.

Mike Kelly, Director of the Centre for Public Health Excellence, discusses how NICE is providing the evidence base for better public health outcomes.

Dr Rosie Ilett, Deputy Director, Glasgow Centre for Population Health, compares the English and Scottish public health systems.

Bob Hudson, Chief Executive of Public Health Wales, gives an overview of the Welsh public health system and how it fits within wider changes to the NHS in Wales.

More about the public health reform summit

Under current reform proposals included in the White Paper Healthy Lives, Healthy People, each local authority and newly appointed director of public health will act as strategic public health leaders for their local population. Local public health leadership, and responsibility, will be returned from the NHS to local government. Health and Wellbeing Boards, based in local authorities, will provide a forum to bring together NHS commissioners, councils and elected councillors with patient and public champions, to join up the public health agenda with the wider work of the NHS, social care and children's services.

This strategic event considered some of the core challenges and solutions to successful reform.

Programme

Programme

Session one: The government's strategy for public health in England

Welcome and introduction
Professor Chris Ham, Chief Executive, The King's Fund

The White Paper: the story so far
Tim Baxter, Head of Public Health Development Unit, Department of Health

Questions and discussion

The new public health system: real improvements in public health and tackling inequalities
Anne Milton MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health

Session two: Delivering the vision of a new public health system - the national perspective

Welcome back
Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell MP, Chair, Health Select Committee

NICE and Public Health England: providing the evidence-base for better public health outcomes
Professor Mike Kelly, Director of the Centre of Public Health Excellence, NICE

Lessons from home: the view from Scotland
Dr Rosie Ilett, Deputy Director, Glasgow Centre for Population Health

Lessons from home: the view from Wales
Bob Hudson, Chief Executive, Public Health Wales

Session three: Delivering the vision of a new public health system - the local challenge

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

Engaging and linking GPs with the needs of local populations
Dr Fiona Sim, GP, Luton and Vice-Chair, Royal Society for Public Health

The role of health and wellbeing boards in successful public health reform: working across public service boundaries
Liam Hughes, National Adviser for Healthy Communities, Local Government & Development

Response: Professor Chris Bentley
Sarah Cowling, CEO, HealthWORKS Newcastle

Session four: Expert panel

Question time
Chaired by Dr Anna Dixon, Director of Policy, The King's Fund

Experts included:

  • Dr Frank Atherton, President, Association of Directors of Public Health
  • Sir Stephen Bubb, Chief Executive, ACEVO (Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations) 
  • Professor Chris Drinkwater, President and Public Health Lead, NHS Alliance 
  • Cllr David Rogers OBE, Liberal Democrat and Chair, Community Wellbeing Board, Local Government Association 

Summary and closing comments
Dr Anna Dixon, Director of Policy, The King's Fund