We are seeking views on how the new public health service will work and how the proposed funding arrangements will be implemented.
The consultation on Public Health England covers the allocation of public health funds to local authorities, and the design of the health premium that will reward areas for their achievements and incentivise action to reduce health inequalities.
In particular, it looks at what activity should be funded from the public health budget and the appropriate allocation of responsibility for public health activity in the new system.
The consultation, which is asking both health professionals and the public to think differently about public health delivery, seeks views on:
- what activities should be funded from the new ringfenced public health budget and the appropriate allocation of responsibility for public health activity
- aspects of how services will be commissioned
- how money will be allocated to local authorities, including the design of the new health premium.
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said: ‘We believe the way forward is a locally led system that puts people’s health and wellbeing at the heart of everything local councils do.
‘I want to hear views from the people that this new service will benefit and from those who provide the services we seek to improve – this is your chance to comment on our proposals and to let us know how you think key elements of the service should be designed.’
Under the new system, local authorities will have statutory duties to take steps to improve the health of their populations. This will open up opportunities for them to take innovative approaches to public health involving new partners.