The new NHS: public health

The public health system is changing to deliver the government's commitment to 'improve the health of the poorest, fastest'.

Local authorities have new responsibilities and funding, and will take a greater role in improving health and reducing health inequalities. They will be supported by a new executive agency - Public Health England - and there is a new public health outcomes framework. The NHS will also have a new legal duty to improve health inequalities.

The new public health system

Mike Kelly: NICE and Public Health England

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

Improving the health of the poorest, fastest

David Buck outlines the role that local authorities must play to narrow inequalities in public health.

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Public Health England: speaking up and speaking truth to power?

David Buck explains how Public Health England could strengthen its position and voice in wider government policy-making and public debate.

Why aren't we spending money on improving health outcomes?

David HalpernMore than half of years of healthy life lost are a result of behavioural or lifestyle factors. How can we improve the nation's health?

Have we lost the battle to improve health inequalities?

Gabriel ScallyGabriel Scally asks what must be done to improve health inequalities in England.

Related publications

Improving the public's health: A resource for local authorities

Improving the public's health front coverOur report attempts to help councils decide which aspects of public health to prioritise, and what actions are most effective.

Clustering of unhealthy behaviours over time: Implications for policy and practice

Our paper looks at how smoking, excessive drinking, poor diet and lack of exercise cluster in the English population and how that is changing over time.

Consultation responses

Consultation response: The role of local authorities in health issues

We set out our thoughts on the Communities and Local Government Committee inquiry on the role of local authorities in health issues.

Consultation response: Healthy lives, Healthy people

Our response to Healthy Lives, Healthy People and associated consultations on the Public Health Outcomes Framework.