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.
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Hear from two of our expert speakers - Professor Philip James and journalist, author and academic Jules Evans:
Health protection: a local response to a global problem.
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.
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
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.
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 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