More details on the design of the new public health system, including the role and responsibilities of local government in public health, the operating model for the new executive agency Public Health England and an overview of how the whole system will work, are published today.
The factsheets, which aim to help the partner organisations and staff involved to understand and implement these reforms, are:
The New Public Health System: Summary
A summary of the public health system reforms and key points on the design of the new system
Public Health in Local Government
These factsheets detail the roles and responsibilities of local authorities in the new public health system, including local authority public health functions, the role of the Director of Public Health and commissioning responsibilities.
Public Health in Local Government (all factsheets)
Local government leading for public health
Local government’s new public health functions
The role of the Director of Public Health
Public health advice to NHS commissioners
Professional appraisal and support, and capacity building
Public Health England’s Operating Model
These factsheets detail the design of Public Health England.
Workforce and the new Public Health system
The factsheet provides a best practice framework for organisational changes affecting staff as part of the transfer and sets out a range of principles and HR standards for managing the processes involved, complementing the HR Transition Framework.
The new public health system, which is due to be implemented from April 2013, will see local authorities take the lead for improving health, coordinating local efforts to protect the public’s health and ensuring health services promote population health.
At the same time, Public Health England will be created to deliver a range of services – including health protection, providing information and intelligence, and supporting the development of the public health workforce.
Further operational details – including a public health outcomes framework and details on public health funding and workforce issues – will follow in the new year.
Anita Marsland, Transition Managing Director, Public Health England, said: ‘Our programme aims to transform public health and create a true “wellness” service to meet today’s public health challenge, improving health and protecting against health hazards.
‘These documents complete the high-level design of the system. Work on the detail will, of course, continue, particularly to map current functions and structures to the new design of Public Health England, and the detailed transition planning for the transfer of public health from primary care trusts to local government.
‘Input from partners to the process to date has been vital and we will be looking to continue that engagement in the process as we progress over the remaining months before implementation.’
In the new system the NHS will continue to play a full role in providing care, tackling inequalities and ensuring every clinical contact counts.
The Chief Medical Officer will continue to provide independent advice to the Secretary of State for Health and the Government on the population’s health, while the Department of Health will set the legal and policy framework, secure resources and make sure public health is central to the Government’s priorities.
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