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Please don’t break General Practice, it is a fragile asset.

Please don’t break General Practice, it is a fragile asset. I hear from lots of people who are telling me they cant get to see a GP, thus the GPs must be on the golf course. We are seeing an increased trend of members of the public raising issues around doctors surgeries – they cant […]

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Office of Health Promotion – a golden opportunity

Office of Health Promotion a golden opportunity This one is a short blog on some of the obvious opportunities for the Overhead Projector (as we now like to call it). This one is written by me without the help of an editor, so please excuse the shoddy spelling and grammar. Short answer is that whilst […]

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Why money spend on public health is a sound investment

Why money spend on public health is an investment not a cost drain This is a long version of the blog published on the UK public health network site. TBF the editing into a short format was a good job, and corrected my normal bad spelling. Here is the full version. We are emerging (we […]

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Health In All Policies Inequality Public Health

Marmot 10 years on

    Launched this week – http://www.instituteofhealthequity.org/resources-reports/marmot-review-10-years-on. This is a (detailed) briefing on key points in three parts – 1) what does it say, 2) some reflection, 3) some thoughts on where next.   Acknowledgement – Paul Hayes, Wakefield MDC, Jeanelle De Gruchy, ADPH President, and many who commented on the launch of the report on social […]

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Public health and violent crime

    There are many variations on what “a public health approach to” violent crime actually means. For me there is nothing inherently wrong in the words, but a lot of misconception and baggage with it + people see “public health approach to” in different ways   This is a LONG blog. Sorry. Sets out […]

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An investment strategy for population health (1)

  Healthcare is eating other public service funding so says the ex editor of the BMJ. This blog from Mathew Whittaker sets out how the austerity policy and political priorities pursued by successive governments have placed major strain on a number of public services. He argues that, as a result, the size of the state […]

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Councils Can be trusted with Public Health

Councils Can be trusted with Public Health This is an extended version (for the public health dorks and nerds) of a piece which appeared in LGC . Thanks to LGC for permission   Jim McManus and Greg Fell   Jim McManus is Director of Public Health for Hertfordshire and Vice-President of ADPH. Greg Fell is Director […]

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Is there any *actual* evidence for social prescribing yet

Is there any actual evidence for social prescribing yet?   …..I was asked recently. In fact it’s a q that crops up a lot   My immediate answer is normally – 1) yes, 2) define social prescribing, 3) define “work”, 4) its tricky, 5) apply a level playing field, and a lot of common sense. […]

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Local systems and the Grand Ageing Challenge goals

This is a longish blog by Dave Buck and myself. It was done in preparation for the publication of the All Parliamentary Group on Longevity report. An edited version will eventually make it into the report. We try to set out a rationale for a wide ranging approach to longevity and improving healthy life expectancy, […]

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complex systems Health In All Policies Prevention Public Health

Move More – a whole system approach to physical activity

    Short blog setting out the structure and rationale behind our approach to physical activity. Thanks to Anna Lowe for helpful comments   Strategy. We set out to be the most active City by 2020. The mission and vision are clear, as are the main building blocks are clear. These are set out in […]