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The Regional Public Health and Social Care Directorate focuses on two main areas: improving public health and improving social care services for people in the East of England.
The East of England Public Health and Social Care Directorate works with other government departments, the (National Health Service), local government, universities and voluntary organisations to improve the health of the people living in our region and to reduce inequalities in health. We are responsible for ensuring that public health and social care policy is introduced, developed and implemented, capacity and networks developed, and the lessons learned spread so that as many people as possible benefit from advice and improved ways of working.
Public health works across communities and populations rather than at the level of the individual. It emphasises collective responsibility for health, its protection and disease prevention. Key to this is the recognition of the key role of the state, linked to a concern for the underlying socio-economic and wider determinants of health, as well as disease. Partnership working with all those who contribute to the health of the population is a main aim of public health action at all levels – nationally, regionally and locally. More information on the national picture
There are three main areas of public health practice-health improvement, health protection and health services. Key partners include the NHS, local authorities and other agencies whose responsibilities include or impact on the health and well-being of local populations. This involves addressing issues that influence and are affected by health and wellbeing such as behaviour and lifestyle, health and social care services, housing, education and skills, culture, community engagement, the economy, employment and transport, as well as health inequalities within our region
Since April 2007 the East of England Public Health and Social Care Directorate has moved towards an integrated structure to serve the needs of Government Office for the East of England, NHS East of England and the Department of Health. The Regional Director of Public Health leads a single team which serves the three organisations. Team members have the authority to act on behalf of the Strategic Health Authority, Department of Health or Government Office for the East of England. There are strengthened business management arrangements with a focus on delivery, with integrated business support functions across the team.
The East of England Public Health and Social Care Directorate is one of nine Regional Public Health and Social Care teams reporting to the Chief Medical Officer. They all have broadly the same senior management structure and work closely together to ensure coherence and consistency providing national delivery on a number of key public health areas such as tobacco control, alcohol, obesity, physical activity, health inequalities and sexual health.
Multi-agency networks enable regional public health groups to build a
strong health component into regional programmes such as crime, employment,
economic development, transport, education and skills, housing, sustainable
development and environment and regeneration.
The health of the people in the East of England is generally better than the average for England as a whole. However, it has fewer physically active adults and more road injuries and deaths than average.
There are inequalities in health within the East of England: the health of people in Peterborough is generally worse than the national average while the health of those in East Hertfordshire is generally better.
One in 7 adults in the East of England binge drinks. The region is not statistically above the national average for adult obesity, nevertheless obesity and physical activity in adults appear to be a problem for the East of England.
Generally, the health of children and young people is above average but there is considerable scope for further improvement.
The priorities for the region are:
See also on our website
Public Health: the National Picture
Regional Public Health Group - East of England
Government Office for the East of England
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