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Govtoday is pleased to announce the second national Public Health Conference and Exhibition for 2013 – The redesigned health service – to be held at the Brewery Conference Centre, London, on Friday 11th October. We are delighted to announce that we are working in association with the UK’s largest charity for parents the NCT, The Family Planning Association and the National Obesity Forum in the production of this conference.

On 30th November 2010, the Department of Health published the White Paper, ‘Healthy Lives, Healthy People: Our Strategy for Public Health in England’, setting out a bold vision of a reformed public health system in England. The White Paper responded directly to challenging statistics, such as two out of three adults being either overweight or obese, and was followed in July 2011 by ‘Healthy Lives, Healthy People: Update and way forward’. This outlined progress to date, and tackled concerns over modernisation, while setting out how the reformed public health system would function.

23rd January 2012 saw the publication of the ‘Public Health Outcomes Framework’, outlining 66 health measures, with local authorities being paid a new health premium for the progress they make against indicators such as:

  • fewer children under five will have tooth decay
  • people will weigh less
  • more women will breastfeed their babies
  • fewer over 65s will suffer falls
  • fewer people will smoke
  • fewer people will die from heart disease and stroke

These measures were followed by the Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt’s announcement of the 10th January 2013, which detailed the 2013-14 and 2014-15 ring-fenced grants to local authorities for their public health responsibilities.

Govtoday’s National Public Health Conference will discuss the funding issues raised, review the progress six months on, and examine if the radical reshaping of service landscape has affected the services on the front line. Can the latest policy directions outlined in ‘Improving outcomes and supporting transparency’, the public health outcomes framework for England 2013-16, work without having a detrimental effect on the people of the UK?


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Tim Baxter

Tim Baxter

Head of Public Health Policy and Strategy Unit
The Department of Health (DH)

Tim Baxter studied Classics at university before joining the Department of Health in 1991. Since then he has worked in posts spanning much of the Department`s business. He ran a... Read more