Making the case for public health interventions

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  • Posted:Thursday 18 September 2014

In partnership with the Local Government Association, we have produced a set of infographics that describe key facts about the public health system and the return on investment for some public health interventions. 

We hope they will be a useful resource for you – please feel free to use them in your office, in documents or presentations.

On 30 September 2014 three corrections were made to these infographics: on page 3, the annual local authority grant was changed from £51 to £49; on page 19, the cost for final year of life was changed from £10,425 to £10,424; and on page 22, the reference to anti-bullying interventions was removed.


caroline Larkin

Physical activity advisor,
Comment date
24 September 2014
very interesting stats

Hilda Dent

Comment date
24 September 2014
The NHS is groaning and why ? Our immunities are impaired by air pollution and spraying of pesticides and other injurious sprays. This puts enormous strain on the NHS and on the economics of the country.

PHE 's efforts to get us all eating wisely, excercising properly are failing because we don't feel too good and prefer to laze and indulge in excesses.

Why not set the right conditions for clean air, water and land, so our immune systems improve. You let Government dictate policy to favour business, not the population of UK. In Cornwall, an experiment is to be tested on humans without our agreement. Firing up of an incinerator right beside clay driers and calcinators . We do not know what may happen when the emissions intermingle. Either we will become very ill as a result of new chemicals forming, or we will just have greater reduced immunities. It is high time the scientists stood up and put a stop to such practices.

Geraldine Strathdee

National Clinical Director Mental Health,
Comment date
25 October 2014
Thank you for these very accessible reports
It's great to see the importance of an integrated approach to body and mind emphasised, and a move away from purely physical approaches to prevention defined.
I have become allergic to the words mentally ill make poor 'lifestyle choices' like smoking and drinking . Just 30% of citizens with depression , anxiety, eating disorders, perinatal conditions , OCD access our highly cost effective treatments in England . Even for psychosis access to treatment can take years. The latest national audits show the scale of the gap between evidence based care and implementation
The fact is that people living with emotional pain and distress find ways to blunt that.

So when considering public health interventions , think how to increase access early to effective care that improves personal, clinical, social, economic outcomes and drop the implicit criticism that people with untreated, or inadequate care ' choose' unhealthy life styles

Getting down from my NCD soapbox!

Dr Eugenia Cronin

Consultant in Public Health,
Comment date
10 May 2015
I support Geraldine's comments, and could I echo that this is a really helpful set of information.

One thing that would be great if it can be done, would be to show the impact on future local authority demand/spend of public health interventions. Where LA leaders see again and again that savings will be made in the NHS, they may take the view that the NHS should be the source of the investment, when they hold a significant amount of the public health budget.

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