PHE: Fit for the future – Public health people: this review of the public health workforce 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. (19 May 2016)

LGA: Health, work and health related worklessness – A guide for local authorities: this briefing provides councillors with a strong business case to address health related worklessness and promote workplace health in their local authority. It also provides an overview of the current debate on work, worklessness and health, with a particular emphasis on the evidence base and case studies to enable a better understanding of the subject matter and how to promote this agenda in their LA. The focus is on employed individuals with health conditions falling out of work and onto out-of-work welfare, and those on welfare with health conditions who are not in employment. (19 May 2016)

LGA: 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 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. (18 May 2016)

Joseph Rowntree Foundation: Public health in a changing climate: this 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. (11 May 2016)