A vision for the public health system in England

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About this project

The King’s Fund is a respected commentator on public health issues, and in recent years our work in this area has included in-depth research, support for local authorities and district councils, data analysis and events. Recent work includes research on the wider determinants of health (for example, links between housing and health), inequalities, the future of HIV services in England, public health funding, and the move from integrated care to population health systems.

This project aims to consolidate and build on our previous work programme by setting out a vision for the public health system and population health. We will use this vision to inform and influence the debate about the future of public health and to shape our own work programme.

In developing our vision, we will consider:

  • how to define the ‘public health system’
  • key trends likely to affect public health over the next 10–15 years
  • strengths and weakness of the current system
  • changes needed to realise our vision, including understanding the role of policy levers such as regulation, taxation, and information
  • the implications for the workforce and system leaders, including accountability 
  • implications for The King’s Fund’s future work programme. 

What we're doing

This work will be informed by:

  • a review of key documents and public health datasets
  • a series of interviews and engagement events with system leaders, organisations that support the system and those involved in delivering public health services
  • a workshop to test findings
  • an advisory group made up of key leaders from the public health system, NHS and beyond.

Key milestones

This work will be published in spring 2018.

Project team

David Buck, Senior Fellow in Public Health, d.buck@kingsfund.org.uk
Clare Sutherland, Project Delivery Officer, c.sutherland@kingsfund.org.uk
Durka Dougall, Senior Consultant, d.dougall@kingsfund.org.uk
Ruth Robertson, Fellow in Health Policy, r.robertson@kingsfund.org.uk