Further details on new public health infrastructure are welcome
29 March 2021
- A new Office for Health Promotion has been created within the Department for Health and Social Care.
- The department will lead national efforts to improve public health through prevention.
- It will help ministers design and operationalise a step change in public health policy.
- The new approach will see action across government to improve the nation's health through factors such as tackling obesity, improving mental health and promoting physical activity.
Commenting on the announcement of the new Office for Health Promotion, the deputy chief executive of NHS Providers, Saffron Cordery said:
"We welcome the announcement of the Office for Health Promotion, which brings further clarity on the new public health infrastructure.
"The functions which help prevent ill health, such as tackling obesity and improving mental health, are vital to the overall wellbeing of the nation and to reducing pressures on the NHS. Tackling health inequalities and the recovery from COVID-19 must be at the heart of any reform to public health.
We welcome the commitment to more joined-up working between national and local government, the NHS, the voluntary sector and cross-government.Deputy Chief Executive
"We welcome the commitment to more joined-up working between national and local government, the NHS, the voluntary sector and cross-government. As we strengthen system working, there must be greater collaboration, underpinned by financial investment on both a national and local level to ensure services are sustainable.
"Local leaders also must be empowered to work flexibly so that they can tailor services according to what works best for their communities.
"It is good to see the approach will be evidence-based and shaped on successful models from abroad."