London Public Health Summit
Over 200 council leaders and public health specialists gathered in central London on Thursday 10 May 2012 to hear the Secretary of State for Health open the London Public Health Summit: The new system explained. The event was hosted by the London Public Health Transition Delivery Board and was chaired by Doug Patterson, CEO of Bromley Borough Council. Andrew Lansley spoke of the importance of tackling the social and wider determinants of health and explained the offering of the London Health Improvement Board, part of the evolving public health architecture in London.
Contributions from Anita Marsland and Dr Ruth Hussey from DH’s PHE transition team included the specific role that PHE will play in protecting health and improving well-being across the nation with strong links to local government. Dr Simon Tanner, Regional Director of Public Health in London, set out the London context. Other speakers included Councillor Teresa O’Neill leader of Bexley Borough Council, Dr Sarah Price, Director of Public Health at the London Borough of Islington/NHS North Central London and Dr Mike Grady of the Institute of Health Equity at University College London. The morning session concluded with robust discussions on both the transformational and transactional aspects of transition process with a clear understanding of the key tasks that need to be undertaken before the new system goes live in 2013. A series of workshops in the afternoon included areas such as data, HR, national systems and evolving local structures.
Future regional engagement events
A second series of regional engagement events between local leaders for public health and leaders in the national transition team will commence on 2 July 2012 with an event in the West Midlands. Another will be held in the south of England on 13 July 2012 and further dates will be announced later. This follows successful completion of the first round.
The new series will provide an opportunity for Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive Designate of Public Health England to speak with local leaders for public health or for the Chief Medical Officer to meet with the public health professional staff within the region and with leaders from local government, the NHS and shadow PHE organisations to hear first hand about the good practice that is currently underway to transform local public health systems. The events will provide information on the establishment of PHE and the local public health system together with a briefing on the guidance and policy in development to support the system change. They will also allow for engagement between the Public Health Engagement Group and colleagues from across public health, local government, the NHS, and the third sector and help to identify how we can realise the transformation opportunities provided by the new local leadership role and from a new integrated public health service.