Public health in 15 years time.

A few weeks ago I went to an excellent, small but perfectly formed session on “the future”.
It was Chatham house rules, so I won’t spill too many beans.

The upshot was fascinating and worth sharing

We spend a lot of time thinking about “the future” of the profession of public health.

1)
Opening thoughts
In 10y time there will be fewer off us than there are now
LG really pleased to own PH again. This will likely continue, despite financial carnage, as long as we continue to adapt to an ever changing world.
The value of PH is about allocative efficiency of spending and gravity of spending to get better allocative value
Our core job wont change = how we continue to get to allocative efficiency. Get more outomes out of £ envelope.
LG values these skill sets.

2)
Our job will be highly specialist or technical or creating relationships and trust. It might be both
Business partnering skills will be important.
Technical competency is key, but…..this competency is no use without ability to persuade and get trust.

3)
Get into analytics
Skillset of health intelligence likely to be critical skill in the future. What can and can’t be concluded from different streams of data.
Predictive analytics is a big feature of the future. New professions will develop to do this work. Can we keep up? We ought to try.
Also local contextual intervention as to how to contextualise data from big data predictive analysis is key.

4)
Tear up how you describe & communicate “public health”
People believe who and what they trust rather than experts

5)
Soft skills are as important as “anorak” skills.
Spend time understanding what drives those you are trying to influence, understand their arguments better than they can
Skillset of being bilingual across multiple worlds and ability to carry influence = critical skill
PH Professional of the future = complex systems, linking and joining agendas, sense making,

6)
The world will be more automated. The system in which we operate will be different
Critical job = TRUST in the assurance process that goes around automated systems
TRUST must be built on professional underpinning, and we need to keep our professional training and integrity.
So we still need to understand the basics of the profession….and how the system is put together.
As an accountant = TRUSTED as an advisor to assure automated accounting processes.
This is definitely an OPPORTUNITY.

7)
Think about this now. Be prepared for the future.
What are the new skills I need, what are the skills that already exist that we harness onto a job with a common outcome
Analytics, OD theory, complex systems

Read – Suskind and Suskind – the future of academics in the AI world

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