Archive for July, 2010

Afternoon parallel session at the Faculty of Public Health annual conference, on Wednesday 7 July.

Chaired by Susan Elden (Public Health Advisor at the Department of International Development) and panel members Clive Needle (Director and EU Policy Advisor at EuroHealthnet) and Helmut Brand (Professor of European Public Health at Maastricht University).

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Parallel Session A (c) at the Faculty of Public Health annual conference, Wednesday 7 July.

Chaired by Rachael Jolley (FPH) and with panel members Chris Bentley (Head of Health Inequalities NST, Department of Health), Peter Kellner (President, YouGov), Samantha Callan (Chairman of Residence, Centre for Social Justice).

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Plenary Session 4 at the Faculty of Public Health annual conference, Wednesday 7 July.

Chaired by Adam Brimelow (BBC Health Correspondent) and panel members Prof. Julian Le Grand (LSE and former No 10 health advisor), Anna Coote (Head of Social Policy, new economics foundation), Dr Anna Dixon (Director of Policy, King’s Fund) and Dr Paul Edmonson-Jones (Director of Public Health and Primary Care, Portsmouth City Teaching PCT).

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Secretary of State Andrew Lansley’s speech plus short Q&A, Wednesday 7 July at the Faculty of Public Health annual conference

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Eleven time Paralympian gold medallist Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson spoke to the UK FPH conference today (7 July) about the importance of the 2012 Olympics in encouraging physical activity, particularly amongst women and children.

She called for the 2012 budget to be protected from cuts, underlining the potential cost savings to the NHS if it can be used to promote and support people to exercise more often. Inactivity costs the economy an estimated £8.2 billion a year in England, and Grey-Thompson challenged the public health community to find more innovative ways of encouraging participation in sports and exercise.

Physical activity contributes to the prevention and management of conditions including coronary heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental ill health and obesity. Grey-Thompson said that “Promoting physical activity is integral to the preventative agenda. In a time when budgets are being cut across all public services, the NHS and wider economy cannot continue to bear the increasing financial burden of preventable conditions.”

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Andrew Lansley this morning revealed his personal ambition for a new Public Health Service, where public health is something that is taken seriously at all levels – nationally, locally, and as individuals. The Secretary of State for Health announced that the Prime Minister has agreed to the formation of a Cabinet Sub-Committee on Public Health, which Mr Lansley will chair.

A new Health Premium which will target public health resources towards the areas with the poorest health was also announced, alongside confirmation that we can expect a public health white paper in the autumn. Mr Lansley also outlined his commitment to Change4Life, but said that he wanted to change it from being a government campaign to a social movement, with reduced central funding and great financial contributions from business, local government and charities.

Mr Lansley also made reference to last week’s controversy at the BMA conference, declaring that “contrary to the media reporting, I applauded Jamie Oliver’s initiative” and argued that the TV chef understood that encouragement and empowerment are what is needed to improve the public’s health, not regulations and rules.

Full text of the Secretary of State’s speech is now available here.

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On the FPH channel: http://tinyurl.com/394op6l

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There’ll be a flurry of activity here tomorrow (Wednesday 7 July) and Thursday, with blog posts, video interviews and, potentially, live streaming from our Annual Conference at Imperial College.

It’s promising to be an exciting event with lots of debate and discussion about the future of public health so watch this space from tomorrow morning onwards.

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The June 2010 edition of FPHs quarterly magazine, Public Health Today, is now available and full of the usual mix of health news, interviews, opinion and reportage. In anticipation of the Faculty’s annual conference (for more info on the conference visit www.fphconference.org) key note speaker Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson speaks about her involvement with the Women’s Sports and Fitness Foundation. Dr Harry Burns, Scotland’s Chief Medical officer discusses public health matters with the Faculty and why alcohol and early years cares are top of his list of priorities. This quarters featured theme is the coalition Governments QIPP agenda; and a selection of articles discussing inevitable budget cuts, the possible cessation of low value services and NICE’s contribution to the QIPP agenda to be found inside.

The incoming FPH President Lindsey Davies speaks to Suvi Kingsley about the Faculty, its future and her career. The video of this interview is hosted on the FPH Youtube channel (www.youtube.com/UKFPH).

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