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FPH Annual Conference 2011

University of Birmingham








4 July, University of Birmingham

Public Health in a Changing World

This year, FPH took its influential annual conference to Birmingham for the first time. With a packed programme of high calibre speakers and sessions, and a very full house, this year’s event has proved to be the most popular yet.

This year’s theme looked at how public health operates in a world of changing structures, different players in public health policy, increasing financial constraints (nationally and globally), and the increasing need for innovation in public health to meet these challenges.

Secretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley opened the event. His speech covered the public health reforms, government’s response to the Future Forum’s recommendations, and public health responsibility deals. Listen to his speech now.

Chief Medical Officer, Sally Davies’s speech stated her commitment to increasing the evidence base for public health, and more closely tying up public health academia and research with policy and practice. She also committed to ensuring the capacity and capabilities of the public health workforce. Listen to her speech now.

The Big Public Health Debate on the proposed expansion of the ‘Any Willing [or Qualified] Provider’ model, saw Roy Lilley (NHS writer, commentator and broadcaster) and Karen Jennings, UNISON’s assistant general secretary – who argued against the expansion – go head-to-head with Care UK’s managing director for health, Mark Hunt and KPMG’s global head of health, Mark Britnell, arguing the case for increased independent-sector involvement. Listen to the debate now.

Other sessions included:

Behavioural change, behavioural insight and public health
– listen to Dominic King, Ivo Vlaev, Stephen Sutton and Mike Kelly explored how behaviour change and ‘nudging’ can be used within public health.

The new player’s in public health: can industry solve the big public health challenges? – listen to Melanie Leech, Tim Lang, Ian Gilmore and Seymour Fortescue made the case for and against industry involvement in public health policy development. Chaired by The Guardian’s health correspondent, Denis Campbell.

Delivering public health innovation – a chance for public health professionals to present their new and innovative approach to meeting some of the major public health challenges.

You can also read about our other sessions on our blog including Local government and better health, A new approach to mental health and wellbeing, and Your public health career – where next?


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