New public health regulations
The Local Authorities (Public Health Functions and Entry to Premises by Healthwatch Representatives) Regulations 2013 have received Parliamentary approval and will come into force on 1 April. A summary of all the secondary legislation affecting local authorities in their new role will be published shortly. On 28 February guidance was published on the charging aspects of the regulations. Guidance on the mandatory functions will follow.
Local Authorities – Health and Wellbeing Boards and Health Scrutiny Regulations
The Local Authority (Public Health, Health and Wellbeing Boards and Health Scrutiny) Regulations 2013 have now been published. The publication of these regulations provide a step forward in enabling local authorities to finalise local preparations for health and wellbeing boards and health scrutiny arrangements.
Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, has set out an explanation of the need for the new public health system in a recent interview for Civil Service World magazine. It can be found here.
Public health services contract
The Department has published a public health services contract, which local authorities can use when commissioning public health services to satisfy their public health functions under the NHS Act 2006.
Survey on public’s understanding of their own health
Market research company MORI have carried out some work on the public’s understanding of their own health and what could be done to improve it. One message is that while people understand what they could do to improve their health they are very often reluctant to act on this. The findings can be seen here.