Publications/Guidance

A low priority? How local health and care plans overlook the needs of dying people. This report from Hospice UK explores how local Health and Wellbeing Boards (HWBs) and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) address the palliative and end of life care needs of adults and children within their planning and decision-making. It finds that: 34% of HWBs do not consider the needs of dying people in their assessments of the health and care needs of their local populations; 57% of HWBs do not include the needs of dying adults and children in their key strategies that inform local service planning, with no change since 2014. In addition, 27% of CCGs do not have a strategy for addressing end of life care for adults in their area, while 71% of CCGs do not have a strategy for supporting children and young people living with life-shortening conditions. 

Placed-based services of care. This PHE guidance aims to support healthcare professionals in their role to commission and deliver integrated services to local populations.

Fit for the future – Public health people. This review of the public health workforce by Public Health England outlines recommendations to achieve a workforce that can meet future public health challenges, in order to contribute to the renewal of the DH’s national public health workforce strategy. It focuses on the capabilities and skills needed in the workforce of the future. The report outlines five important themes that underpin the response to developing a workforce for 2021 and provides a clear pathway and plan to achieve the ‘new’ workforce.  

Just what the doctor ordered – social prescribing: A guide for local authorities. "Social prescribing" is a means of enabling primary care services to refer patients with social, emotional or practical needs to a range of non-clinical services. This LGA publication sets out how councils, with their responsibility for public health and local leadership, are ideally placed to connect people with local community services and activities so as to improve the health and wellbeing of large numbers of people. 

Public health in a changing climate. This Joseph Rowntree Foundation report reviews current local strategies and actions to address climate change by public health departments and their partners. It explores barriers and opportunities for action, and identifies recommendations for local and national policy and practice. 

Health matters: giving every child the best start in life This guidance for health professionals and local authorities focuses on investing in early years services from pregnancy through to two years old.

Physical inactivity: economic costs to NHS clinical commissioning groups. This report aims to further understanding of the burden of physical inactivity in terms of health and economic impact. The estimates provided here are a starting point in understanding the cost of physical inactivity in England as a result of treating adverse health outcomes. 

Consultations

Tailored review of Public Health England: call for evidence. Seeks views on PHE’s performance and effectiveness, efficiency, and governance. The closing date for comments is 24 June 2016. 

Government response to the consultation Refreshing the Public Health Outcomes Framework (2015). In September 2015 the Government sought views on whether it should remove, replace or revise the existing indicators in the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF). This paper sets out the results of the consultation. From April 2016 there will be 67 public health indicators which will consist of 158 indicators/sub-indicators, that will help measure the public’s health and wellbeing. Chapter 5 contains a detailed breakdown of how the indicators have changed.

News

New funding for local HIV prevention. Announces an HIV Prevention Innovation Fund for 2016 to 2017 of up to £600,000 for local prevention initiatives. Projects must have local authority endorsement in order to be eligible for the fund. Eligible projects can apply for the fund from 10 May until 15 June 2016.