Several groups and forums have been set up to support the work of the Public Health England transition team and ensure that the Department of Health involves key partners throughout the process of developing and finalising policy for the new public health system.
‘It is critical that we work with our partners in the public health and local government systems to achieve our ambitions of better public health, better care and better value for all,’ said Anita Marsland, Department of Health Transition Managing Director for Public Health England.
‘We recognise that working with our partners is about more than just consultation. It’s about co-designing policy and strategy that reflects the reality of people’s lives – as citizens, patients, service users, carers and as professionals.
‘So during this time of transition, we have embedded these principles and practice of good partnership working in all that the Public Health England transition team does.’
As well as the groups detailed below, the Public Health England transition team is also working with:
Directors of Public Health Advisory Group
The Directors of Public Health Advisory Group advise policy and transition teams across the reform process.
Chaired by a regional director of public health, members include directors of public health from across England, Health Protection Unit directors, a director of adult social services and a director of children’s services.
Information and Intelligence group
The Information and Intelligence group will help design the future state of the information and intelligence function in Public Health England; to oversee transition; and to ensure essential functions are protected through transition arrangements.
Chaired by a regional director of public health, membership includes: National Cancer Intelligence Network, Health Protection Agency, NHS Information Centre, public health observatories, National Screening Committee, Cancer Screening Programme, Cancer registries and the National Treatment Agency.
Public Health Taskforce
The Taskforce brings together representative public health organisations to further the development of policy and share ideas. The Department of Health is invited to attend the meetings in order to have an open dialogue about the reforms.
Chaired by the President of the Faculty of Public Health, Lindsey Davies, the Taskforce includes the BMA’s Public Health Medicine Committee, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, Royal Society for Public Health, Association of Directors of Public Health and the Royal College of Nursing.
Public Health England Transition Executive Team
The Public Health England Transition Executive Team provides advice and guidance to Anita Marsland, Department of Health Transition Managing Director for Public Health England, to support the creation of Public Health England and the transfer of public health functions to local authorities.
Chaired by Anita Marsland, this group includes senior representatives of the Health Protection Agency, National Treatment Agency, local government and the department. Lindsey Davies, President of the Faculty of Public Health, and Steve Field, NHS Future Forum chair, are also members.
Workforce strategy group
The Workforce strategy group works with policy officials to develop a workforce strategy for consultation.
Chaired by a regional director of public health, membership includes the Faculty of Public Health, BMA, Local Government Group, Royal College of Nursing, the Deaneries, Health Protection Agency, as well as officials from the Department of Health and other government departments.
Communications and marketing function design group
The group provides advice to help design the communications and marketing functions within Public Health England.
Chaired by a director in the Department’s Public Health England Transition Team, membership includes representatives from the Health Protection Agency, National Treatment Agency and department officials.