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

February 2020

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

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

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

With the new government beginning its work, this conference was also an opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to discuss key priority areas - including the way forward for the Public Health Grant settlement and allocations for the coming years.

Discussion reflected  proposals in the Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s green paper, looking at the key issues for delivering 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.

Other areas of discussion included:

  • 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 agenda included 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, Population Health, Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council.

Further speakers included: Dr Anant JaniUniversity of OxfordKevin McGeoughEbbsfleet Garden CityHelen MilnerGood Things FoundationDr Cathy WinfieldBerkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group; Sally ZlotowitzNestaShirley CramerRoyal Society for Public HealthDr Graham JacksonNHS Clinical Commissioners and NHS AssemblyDr Mark KroesePHG FoundationProfessor Stephen PeckhamCentre for Health Services StudiesUniversity of KentDr Josephine SauvageNHS Islington Clinical Commissioning Group; and Rosie SeymourBetter Care FundNHS England and NHS Improvement.

The seminar also provided 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).

Speakers offering experience and case studies included:

  • 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 Sally Zlotowitz, Programme Manager, Social Health, 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.

This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles