This year's DARE Lecture was given by Prof Tim Lang on post-Brexit food policy. During the lecture he shared his opinions on the key issues facing the UK’s food system, background on food history and why that’s relevant to today’s challenges, and the value of the UK maintaining relationships with its European neighbours post-Brexit to protect the public’s health. You can re-watch his lecture here.
What is the DARE lecture and how did it come about?
In 1983 a group of consultants and community physicians, protesting against the divisive pay rise awarded to doctors in the NHS (whilst other health staff had had to battle for a pay award half of that given to doctors) established the ‘Doctors’ Awards Redistribution Enterprise’ (DARE). The charity was initially funded from four year covenants made by these doctors, of the difference between the pay rise they received and that which they would have had, if they had been treated the same as other NHS staff. The money was used to fund new developments in priority services which wouldn’t have happened without this money. The DARE lecture is the legacy from this work and aims to challenge and stimulate debate on developments within the NHS and public health.
10 July 2018
On Thursday 7 June, we welcomed new and current members to our annual awards ceremony. Faculty Awards are often established by our members through donations and legacies, as a way of rewarding our members and registrars for outstanding work and recognising their contributions to public health in the UK and around the world and you can read about all of this year's winners by clicking here. We're also proud to share blogs from two of our winners; Steven Senior, who won the Michael O’Brien Prize for outstanding performance in the MFPH Part A exam, wrote this blog to share advice on preparing for it. Victoria Turner, who won the McEwen Award for the highest score in the Part B exam, penned this piece with her top tips for passing Part B.
29 June 2018
Global public health professionals collaborate at ASPHER conference to discuss public health capacity development
On Wednesday 20 June, senior public health professionals from across the world convened in London to better understand the current global engagement of members from the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER). Click here to read more about the aim of the day and what was achieved.
28 June 2018
The achievements of seven extraordinary FPH members and professionals from across the health sector have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Click here to find out who was awarded and what they said in response to receiving such prestigious awards.
28 June 2018
Dr Gillian Holdsworth and Dr Paula Baraitser have today been given the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for SH:24, the London sexual health provider that the pair co-founded in 2015. Since it was introduced, testing rates in Lambeth & Southwark have doubled and there has been an 8% reduction in STI rates. It’s also led to an estimated £500k saving to the local sexual health economy. Click here to read more.
28 June 2018
Today the Scottish Government has published its public health priorities for tackling the challenging and persistent health issues in Scotland. FPH members have been working with the Scottish Government Public Health Reform Team throughout the process of development of these priorities, which aim to focus government and public sector services in Scotland in a co-ordinated effort towards a step change in health improvement. Click here to read more.
14 June 2018
FPH launches a 'blueprint' for the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
FPH has developed a ‘blueprint’ to recommend how the UK could continue its relationship with ECDC after Brexit. Our hope is that it will be used to support the Government in delivering their commitments to improve health security and maintain the important and mutually beneficial collaboration with Europe on health issues.
Click here to read our full statement and download the blueprint.
13 June 2018
FPH President, Prof John Middleton, along with the heads of 39 other organisations calls on the House of Lords to vote for the Do No Harm amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill
Together, they wrote to the editor of The Guardian to ask Peers from across the House to put the amendment on the face of the Bill to ensure that we don't roll back on the progress we've made in public health since we've been part of the EU. Read the letter in full here.
20 April 2018
"Brexit is one of the biggest public health issues facing this generation", says FPH President, Prof John Middleton, in The Times
The health community unites in calling on the House of Lords to protect the public's health as we leave the European Union by talking in favour of the Do No Harm amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill that would do just that. Read the full article here.
19 April 2018
"The public health community has gone to heroic lengths to do more with less but now is the time for us to unite and make the case for investing in public health"
FPH President, Prof John Middleton, calls on the public health community to unite in making the case for prevention in the Local Government Chronicle. Read the full comment piece here.
10 April 2018
The Local Government Association (LGA) has published the Standards for Employers of Public Health Teams in England
The employer standards published by the LGA are the outcome of work carried out by the Standing Group on Local Public Health Teams, on which FPH serves, and follows consultation on draft standards last Autumn.
These standards set out how good employers should support their public health people to develop and maintain their skills and knowledge and to retain their professional skills and registration, thus enabling them to provide an effective service to the public, deliver public health functions at all grades and professions and in all employment settings, and to work effectively. In short, this is 'what good looks like'. These expectations are in line with regulatory and improvement frameworks for public services and used by service and professional regulators.
The standards enable an effective alignment between FPH as the professional standard-setting body for public health professionals and the standards that employers set for a competent, capable and effective workforce. They also highlight the role of professional regulation and registration in maintaining professional standards and underpinning duties of professional and technical integrity.
23 February 2018
Supreme Court backs minimum alcohol price
The UK Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that the Scottish Government’s legislation on Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) is legal. This is a landmark moment for public health and the end of a long journey. However, it also marks the start of a new journey to implement MUP to reduce alcohol-related harm in Scotland. When implemented this will mean that no alcohol can be sold in Scotland for less than 50p per unit.
15 November 2017
Major programme launched to help councils prevent mental illness
Public Health England (PHE) has published a major set of resources to help local authorities and their partners take action to promote better mental health and prevent mental ill health in their communities. FPH is delighted to have contributed to the development of the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health along with partners in the community and voluntary sector, the Association of Directors of Public Health, the Local Government Association, the Department of Health and PHE.
The aim of the concordat is to adopt a prevention-focused approach for positive mental health through the development of alliances across and between local authorities, the NHS, private, public and voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations, education settings and employers.
FPH recognises that words must translate into action and commits to addressing the mental health impacts in all policies and policy statements; as a standard-setter and educator, we will include positive mental health in our education and training programmes, and as an employer we will work to become a Mindful Employer.
To learn more about the mental health concordat, read this blog written by FPH President, Prof John Middleton.
9 October 2017