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FPH Annual Conference 2012

19 July, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama    

Looking to the Future, Building on the Past

This year the influential FPH annual conference took place in Cardiff alongside the Welsh Public Health Conference. With a programme of high calibre speakers and sessions, this year's event was yet again a huge success.

The theme reflected on the move of public health to a new structure, new relationships, and, with new opportunities and challenges ahead, how public health professionals will need to bring to bear all their skills, knowledge and expertise to build on past successes and deliver the very best public health for the future.

Some speakers have consented for their presentations to be available to view for delegates or those who were unable to attend. Please contact the author directly if you require further information.

Hear from two of our expert speakers - Professor Philip James and journalist, author and academic Jules Evans:

Go to our blog Better Health for All to get more conference highlights, in particular:

  • Lesley Griffiths opening plenary
  • Democratic accountability in public health
  • The science, politics and philosophy of wellbeing
  • Health protection: a local response to a global problem.

Conference programme


Welcome and introduction

  • Professor Lindsey Davies, FPH President
  • Dr Tony Jewell, Chief Medical Officer Wales

Plenary session 1 - Keynote speaker

  • Lesley Griffiths AM, Minister for Health and Social Services

Parallel session A

i) Workforce stream: Revalidation and public health professional appraisal

With revalidation expected to commence at the end of 2012, this session is aimed at all members interested in knowing more about the process and what it means for them as individuals who will be required to revalidate by 2017. 

The session will provide an overview of the strengthened appraisal process for revalidation to the GMC and UKPHR. It is open to anyone who wants to know more about the revalidation framework and process. John Tomlinson will also provide some more detail about the system in place in the East Midlands.


  • Dr John Tomlinson, Deputy DPH, Nottinghamshire County PCT and FPH LBM East Midlands
  • Mrs Janet Baker, Independent Public Health Consultant
ii) Health protection: A local response to a global problem - looking at the spread of viruses

This session is to showcase the breadth of the global health work the UK (through the HPA) is involved in in regard to health protection – infectious diseases (and mass gatherings), dealing with environmental hazards and extreme events.


  • Professor Anthony Kessel, Executive Director Public Health Strategy/Medical Director, HPA (with responsibility for the Global Health Fund)
  • Dr Sarah Finlay, ST6 in Emergency Medicine
  • Professor David Russell, Consultant in Environmental & Clinical Toxicology, HPA, Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards (Wales)
  • Mr Duncan Cox, Deputy Group Leader, Emergency Response, HPA, Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards

Chair: John Wyn Owen CB, Non-executive Health Protection Agency (HPA) Board member

iii) Health on the Move 2

The session will discuss the links between transport and health drawing attention to the evidence reviewed in Health on the Move 2 and the policy recommendations from the same publication. The aim is to stimulate discussion on local initiatives relating to transport and health and on the future work of the FPH's Transport SIG (which THSG manages for FPH).


  • Dr Steve Watkins, DPH, Stockport PCT
  • Dr Jenny Mindell, Clinical Senior Lecturer, University College London
  • Chair: Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth

Parallel session B

i) Workforce stream: Public health in local authorities

This session will examine the opportunities and challenges for public health as it moves to local authorities in England. Speakers will share with delegates their experiences of and insight into working in a local authority, developing good relationships with colleagues in local authorities, and building strong public health teams to deliver the best outcomes for their communities.


  • Dr John Middleton, Vice President, Faculty of Public Health
  • Ms Joyce Redfearn, Leadership of Health and Wellbeing Boards, Local Government Association
  • Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy, DPH, Haringey Council
  • Dr Meradin Peachey, DPH, Kent County Council

Chair: Dr John Middleton, Vice President, Faculty of Public Health

ii) Exploring the breadth of public health research

This session will provide examples of the valuable and practicable application of evidence based research into tangible outcomes for the promotion of better public health. Delegates will also gain insight into leading research organisations.


  • Professor Martin White, Director, Fuse - UKCRC Centre for Translational Research in Public Health
  • Dr Matthew Westmore, Director of NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre
  • Professor Frank Kee, Director, UKCRC Centre of Excellence for Public Health (NI)
  • Dr Mariana Dyakova, Clinical Lecturer/SpR in Public Health, Warwick Medical School

Chair: Professor Aileen Clarke, Professor Public Health & Health Services Research, University of Warwick

iii) Democratic accountability in public health

Goodbye LINks, hello HealthWatch... but what does that mean for public health in England as we move into the brave old world of local authorities? 

This session will explore the remit of HealthWatch and the impact it will have on the democratic accountability of public health specialists and practitioners. Our speakers will provide an overview of the remit of HealthWatch along with a critique of its role and an overview of what it may mean in practice, both for the profession and the public.


  • Mr Mark Gamsu, Visiting Professor, Leeds Metropolitan University
  • Dr Jim McManus, Joint DPH for Birmingham, Birmingham City Council & PCTs


Parallel session C

i) Workforce stream: Public health leadership programme

The DH Public Health Leadership Programme is currently being developed for those working in public health at consultant and director-of-public-health level.

The aim of this session will be to:

  • Increase awareness and understanding of the public health leadership programme
  • Explore how FPH and its members can contribute or benefit from it
  • Generate discussion on potential areas of FPH activity in 2012/13 around leadership at CPD and specialty training level.


  • Ms Deb McKenzie, Lead Developer, NHS Leadership Programme
  • Dr Rashmi Shukla, Regional Director of Public Health, Department of Health West Midlands
  • Professor Chris Packham, Associate Medical Director (Ex DPH) Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust
  • Ms Joyce Redfearn, Leadership of Health and Wellbeing Boards, Local Government Association.
ii) The science, politics and philosophy of wellbeing 

This session will explore current debates around wellbeing and happiness and consider the implications for policy in this area


  • Mr Jules Evans, Journalist, Writer and Academic
  • Professor Sarah Stewart-Brown, University of Warwick 
  • Mr Lee Knifton, Senior Research Fellow, University of Strathclyde
  • Additional panel member: Ms Rona Dougall, Public Health Researcher, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Chair: Dr Neil Quinn, Senior Lecturer, University of Strathclyde 

iii) Imagination in 21st century public health

If inequalities in health are to be improved, cultural change will need to be central to future developments in education and child health services. Whilst cultural change is also a top priority in older people's care services, as yet public health professionals have little knowledge of, or access to, some the developments that have been underway in some parts of the cultural sector that could support the public health agenda.

This session will ask the question: "Just how relevant are the arts to the public health agenda, and how can public health professionals meaningfully engage with creativity, culture and the arts?"


  • Dr Malcolm Rigler, GP
  • Mr Clive Parkinson, Director, Arts for Health, Manchester Metropolitan University

Plenary session 2 - The Big Public Health Debate

Waist-land Britain: Why haven’t we solved the crisis of our expanding waistlines?

The obesity crisis continues to dominate headlines. Other major public health crises such as smoking and alcohol have had their ‘pivotal’ moments in the fight to tackle their associated public health harms, including the ban on smoking in public places and the government’s recent announcement on introducing a minimum price per unit of alcohol. But what about obesity? Despite numerous strategies and plans, why has the UK failed to get to grips with the continuing crisis. This raises the question: are we losing the battle of the bulge?


  • Professor Philip James, President, International Association for the Study of Obesity
  • Mr Richard Cienciala, Deputy Director, Health and Wellbeing, Department of Health
  • Ms Judy Hargadon, Chief Executive, School Food Trust/Children's Food Trust
  • Professor David Haslam, Chair, National Obesity Forum

Chair: Ms Madeleine Brindley, Head of Communications, Cwm Taf Health Board

Closing remarks and poster presentation   

Conference close




Karen Goodwin
Tel: 020 7935 0243


Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Venue for the FPH Annual Conference 2012

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