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Public Health to be Transformed With Formation of Two New Bodies

Public Health to be Transformed With Formation of Two New Bodies
07 April 2021

The Health Estates and Facilities Management Association is encouraging feedback on a recent proposal to overhaul England’s public health with the formation of two new bodies.

The feedback from health estates and FM professionals will help to inform the next phase of public health system reform as they progress towards implementation.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has confirmed its plans to transform the public health system. Two new bodies will separately target health security and the prevention of ill health.

NHS England’s focus on prevention and population will be strengthened,  with the transfer of national capabilities to help drive and support improved health. Important national disease registries functions will move to NHS Digital.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) will protect against infectious diseases and external health threats. The Office for Health Promotion will sit within the DHSC, under the leadership of the Chief Medical Officer and will drive the government’s prevention agenda. It will embed promoting good health across the work of the whole government and the NHS.

UKHSA will bring together national public health science and response capabilities and strengthen national defences against all health hazards, including ensuring the UK is well-prepared for pandemics at all times.

Dr Jenny Harries, incoming Chief Executive of UKHSA said: "With the creation of the UKHSA, we have an unprecedented opportunity to build on the scientific and operational strength that has been developed, learn from the past and further develop strong bonds with health protection leadership from global to local, to ensure we are ready for the challenges of the future."


The Office for Health Promotion


The Office for Health Promotion will increase focus throughout government – locally and nationally – and across the NHS on preventing the onset of avoidable physical and mental illness, supporting the whole of government to go further in improving health. 

Integrated care systems (ICSs) will play a critical part in the prevention agenda, by bringing local authorities and the NHS together, to take decisions at a local level. Legislation will include a ‘Health and Care Partnership’ as part of the ICS, which would be tasked with promoting partnership arrangements and developing a plan to address the health, social care and public health needs of their system.

Picture: a photograph of a surgeon in full scrubs

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 07 April 2021


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