Public health : everyone's business?

Source:
NHS Providers
Publisher:
NHS Providers
Publication date:
26 October 2017

Abstract

This report uses 12 interviews with NHS trust leaders, from the hospital, mental health and ambulance sectors, as well as academics, system leaders, local government representatives, and those with strategic responsibility for delivery and commissioning, to help gain a better understanding of NHS providers’ role in shaping and delivering public health and care. What their words show is that there is a proliferation of ideas and perspectives. Some interviewees are population health advocates, others see the structured focus on the individual as key, while some promote prevention every step of the way. What links these interviews, however, is a shared understanding that a focus on public health has never been more important, nor more challenging.