Westminster Health Forum

Next steps for public health in England - commissioning, collaboration and innovation in prevention

TO BE PUBLISHED February 2020

This conference will consider the priorities for improving prevention and public health in England.

It is timed to bring together stakeholders and policymakers to discuss the way forward for system-wide collaboration to improve public health in England.

Discussion is expected to reflect proposals in the Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s green paper, looking at the way forward for support that is more tailored to the individual - including lifestyle advice and personal care -  and the way forward for improving proactive protection against emerging threats.

Areas for discussion include:

  • funding, addressing root causes of health inequalities including poverty and isolation, and embedding health and wellbeing within wider policy goals;
  • addressing barriers to collaboration for partners in the NHS, local government, the third sector and industry - and making best use of shared resources; and
  • the commissioning arrangements for public health services, and targeting support.

The seminar will also provide an opportunity to learn from case studies across the country working towards improving the health of their local populations and implementing innovative measures to embed prevention in:

  • commissioning frameworks;
  • secondary care services;
  • the built environment; and
  • within Integrated Care Systems (ICS).

There will be keynote contributions from Professor John Newton, Director, Health Improvement, Public Health England and Dr Jeanelle De Gruchy, President, Association of Directors of Public Health and Director, Public Health, Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council.

Further speakers offering experience and case studies include:

  • Secondary care services - their role in improving public health and promoting prevention in hospitals - with Angela Bartley, East London NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Collaborative commissioning agreements and the delivery of integrated public health services - with Dr Patricia Riordan, Director, Public Health, Hartlepool Borough Council;
  • Public health in the built environment and learning from the Healthy New Towns programme - with Kevin McGeough, Healthy New Towns Programme, Ebbsfleet Garden City;
  • Improving public health and prevention in Integrated Care Systems - with Dr Cathy Winfield, Chief Officer, Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group;
  • Using data and technology to improve public health - with Helen Milner, Chief Executive Officer, Good Things Foundation; and
  • Research into public health and prevention - with Christina Cornwell, Director, Health Lab, Nesta.

The agenda in summary

  • Assessing the Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s green paper;
  • Latest thinking on factors influencing public health in England and priorities for policy in improving healthy life expectancy;
  • Commissioning public health services - funding, integration and collaboration;
  • Embedding public health in policy and decision making; and
  • Innovation in prevention - personalisation, data use, and the wider determinants of health.

Participation by policy officials

Westminster Higher Education Forum conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: DCMS; DHSC; DWP; NAO and ONS.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Health Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates