The Faculty of Public Health (FPH) welcomes the Government’s prevention green paper published today. We look forward to continuing to work together with our members, partners and the Government to deliver the ambitious programme outlined in the paper.
Prevention is better than cure, and the timely release of this paper, despite current political challenges, signals the Government’s commitment to rebalance resources from treating avoidable illnesses to preventing them; promoting wellness and its wider determinants, and reducing health inequalities across England.
As the professional membership body for public health, we are uniquely positioned through our training, standards, policy work and through our members – the specialist public health workforce in the UK – to support the Government in delivering the outcomes laid out in today’s paper.
It is important though for the Government to recognise that reductions to the public health grant and wider council budgets must be reversed if the vision outlined in the prevention green paper is to become a reality. In order to achieve the ambitions of the paper it is vital that local delivery systems receive the £1 billion per annum increase in funding they need to deliver effective prevention.
The health index for England is particularly welcome as it will enable a much more holistic assessment of the wealth of England to be made. It will compliment GDP and other economic measures in providing a richer picture of the health and wellbeing of people and communities. It will help the nation to focus on the devastating impact underpinning inequalities in health outcomes; not just on health but also on the economic wellbeing of the nation, reducing inequalities in health outcomes policies nationally and locally to be cogent in order to have a meaningful impact on the wider determinants of health such as poverty and deprivation, education and employment in the context of some of our most vulnerable communities.
FPH have worked closely with the Association of Directors of Public Health and The Health Foundation, as well as the Local Government Association and our other partners to argue for increased spending for prevention and we look forward to continued collaboration.
Maggie Rae, FPH President said “FPH and our members welcome the Government’s ambition to place prevention at the heart of the health agenda, as outlined in today’s prevention green paper. We also recognise that for the local system to deliver effective prevention further funding is necessary. Preventing ill-health leads to the best results for individuals and for society and we look forward to working with the Government and our members to deliver the programme of work outlined in the paper.”
23 July 2019
FPH in Scotland, having welcomed our formal and informal involvement in the Scottish Government Public Health Reform process, have today published a statement on public health reform in Scotland.
There have been many strengths of the public health function in Scotland, and the implementation of a new national public health organisation for Scotland, as well as the ongoing process of public health reform creates many opportunities to further build on these strengths.
Recognising financial constraint, the statement focusses on ways in which the existing specialist services can be deployed most effectively, and where further development of the specialist function will be essential to addressing national public health priorities.
You can read the full statement here.
17 July 2019
Majority of NHS leaders say that new regulations to tackle obesity would most benefit the health of their local communities
According to research led by the UK Faculty of Public Health (FPH), the majority of NHS leaders say that new regulations to prevent obesity and its risks - such as diabetes and heart disease – could have the greatest positive impact on the health of local populations across the UK and they would like to see the NHS use its national platform more to advocate for these types of prevention measures.
Specifically, those surveyed by polling experts ComRes rank the following in their ‘top five’ regulatory or tax measures that they believe would most benefit their local population:
Adopting the marketing restrictions set out in chapter 2 of the government’s Childhood Obesity Plan, which includes banning junk food advertising before the 9pm watershed (64%)
Supporting local government and the NHS to improve access to weight management services (61%)
Following Brexit, reviewing the use of food subsidies and taxes to reduce the price of fruit and vegetables and raise the price of junk food (51%)
Using planning legislation to limit the proliferation of fast food outlets in certain areas (48%)
These proposed ‘no or low cost’ regulations have the potential to reduce rates of childhood obesity to pre-2000 levels and mitigate the cost of obesity-related chronic disease on the healthcare system, estimated at £5 billion per year. However, regulations alone are not enough to stop the rising burden of preventable diseases the UK faces today. Coordinated action across government departments, our communities, and the NHS is also needed.
20 June 2019
FPH welcome the call from the King’s Fund and the Health Foundation for the government to act urgently to counter further cuts to the public health grant and place public health funding on a more sustainable footing for the future. Further cuts are now expected due to the likely postponement of this year’s Spending Review.
Professor Maggie Rae, President of the Faculty of Public Health said: “FPH members working in public health teams have gone to heroic lengths, in partnership with local government, to maintain and improve on current services within a climate of continually diminishing budgets. While teams have found ways to cope with these cuts –mostly through one-off recommissioning decisions – they have reached the absolute limit of the savings they can make without adverse consequences for the health of the public.
To continue to provide a high standard of services, public health teams require certainty that they will not face any additional, unplanned cuts due to the likely delay of the Spending Review. To meet the bold, prevention aspirations outlined in both the NHS Long Term Plan and the government’s Prevention Vision, public health teams also require clarity over the long term future of the public health grant and increased investment to support local service innovation.”
To support these aims, FPH has developed a proposal for a Prevention Transformation Fund for local authority public health teams worth between £1-2 billion per year, which you can read here.
We look forward to working with the government and other partners to ensure that public health teams have the funding and support they need to deliver all that is being asked of them and protect the health of the public.
13 June 2019
We are proud to announce the publication of our new-look annual report which will today be launched at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) today. Developed to celebrate the different ways we made an impact in 2018, the report details the progress we’ve made against our strategic objectives, and explains how FPH is governed and how we fund our work.
It is also a celebration of the work that FPH members and staff have collectively achieved and the positive impact it’s had on the public health specialty.
Professor John Middleton, President of FPH, said: “You – our members – are the golden thread that runs through everything we do as an organisation. Whether it be helping to develop the public health curriculum and invigilating exams, or delivering work on behalf of our committees and SIGs, you are responsible for our success last year and we can’t thank you enough.”
Please click here to read this year’s annual report and share your feedback by emailing us at email@example.com.
12 June 2019
As the Health Education England’s (HEE) Population Health and Prevention (PHP) programme, we work to train and educate the workforce to equip them with the competencies and leadership skills to deliver population health and prevention.
We have a wide remit of work: Public Mental Health, Infection Management, Population Health and Prevention, which includes behaviour change and lifestyle, and most recently Population Health Management. The development of digital educational solutions underpins all four areas.
The programme was established in 2014 and since then we have developed training and education content that contribute to improved care and efficiency of the health and care system. Working in partnership with key stakeholders in Public Health we offer several educational resources:
• Population Wellbeing Portal
• Making Every Contact Count (MECC) website and MECC eLearning
• Mental Health Promotion and Wellbeing action plan and Public Mental Health content guides
• Antimicrobial Resistance and Infections eLearning package
• Think Sepsis
10 June 2019
On 28 May, 80 Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) voted in favour of The Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill after the Stage 1 debate in Hollyrood. Dr Tamasin Knight, consultant in public health medicine, provided evidence in support of the Bill on behalf of the Committee of the Faculty of Public Health in Scotland. Click here to read the full story.
30 May 2019
FPH and the Royal College of Psychiatrists join forces to deliver fully-booked mental health conference
In May 2019, FPH's Public Mental Health Special Interest Group (SIG) co-hosted a fully-booked conference with RCPsych dedicated to discussing effective public mental health prevention. Click here to read about the talks given on the day and to find out how you can join the SIG.
22 May 2019
Prof Ian Roberts calls on the UK Government to improve access to TXA at FPH’s inaugural Bazalgette Lecture
On 14 May, Prof Ian Roberts - the winner of FPH's Bazalgette Champion of Evidence Award - gave the inaugural Bazalgette lecture on the research he and his colleagues have led on using tranexamic acid (TXA) to prevent deaths from acute severe bleeding. Click here to read more about the lecture and why he is using his year as FPH's first-ever Bazalgette Professor to improve access to TXA in low and middle income countries such as Ethiopia, Nigeria, India and Bangladesh.
16 May 2019
"Sally Bradley was the real thing. She was a lovely, delightful, highly intelligent and motivated woman with absolutely no side to her. She was modest but assertive about the causes she believed in, especially social justice, the position of women and holding out a welcome to all no matter where they came from. Her family can be proud of her contribution. She made a significant contribution to the public health of the people of Salford and Greater Manchester as a GP, Director of Public Health and later as Medical Director of Pennine Acute Hospital.
She was a pioneer of modern public health, leading on the implementation of access to the morning after pill from all the pharmacies in Salford in time for the Christmas party seasons and making a significant contribution to the reduction of teenage pregnancy.
It is a bitter irony that she appears to have been the victim of sectarian hatred. At a time when the world is crying out for love and real leadership we need many more Sallys."
"Sally Bradley was a friend and colleague. She was always full of fun and keen to try new things and to innovate. We worked together when I was DPH in Manchester and she was DPH in Salford. She was a supportive colleague, with the health of people at the forefront of her actions. She was able to combine a population approach with the valuable patient insights she had as a GP. She moved roles between clinician, PH consultant and clinical manager throughout her career which meant she had a special contribution to give in each of her roles. Her life was cut short in the tragic events in Sri Lanka. A light turned out by sectarian hatred. We will miss her."
15 May 2019
FPH is delighted to announce that our Africa Special Interest Group (SIG) has been awarded a grant by the Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) to deliver work on antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) in Ghana.
1 May 2019
FPH is delighted to announce the election of Professor John Newton as our new Vice President. John will take up office following the 12 June AGM for a term of three years.
John is Director of Health Improvement at Public Health England. He is a former Regional Director of Public Health for NHS South Central, Director of Research and Development in two large NHS teaching hospitals (Southampton and Oxford) and Chief Executive of the charity UK Biobank.
John brings with him experience and expertise in strategic leadership, management and communication to FPH and we very much look forward to working with him and our members to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities and national populations.
On his election, John said “It’s a great privilege to be able to serve FPH as Vice President and I look forward to supporting the new President in any way I can. There are many pressing public health issues across the UK and internationally, and FPH is well placed to help its members address them.”
Incoming FPH President Maggie Rae said “I would like to offer my congratulations to John Newton on his appointment as FPH Vice President. John brings with him a wealth of experience to the role of Vice President and I look forward to working with him and FPH members to protect and improve the health of the public”
The full results of the election are available via the FPH online members’ area.
25 April 2019
FPH is delighted to announce Ian Roberts, Professor of Epidemiology & Public Health and co-director of the Clinical Trials Unit at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine as the winner of the 2019 Award.
Professor Roberts has been awarded the Bazalgette professorship for translating his research on tranexamic acid in the management of acute severe bleeding into practice, benefiting populations in the UK and globally. Click here to read more.
1 April 2019
FPH and the Soil Association publish “Sustainable Food Systems for a Healthier UK: A discussion paper”
FPH’s Food Special Interest Group has published a discussion paper in collaboration with The Soil Association examining sustainable food systems.
The paper discusses the relevance and importance of food systems to population health within the UK, and provides related recommendations that support the public’s health through healthy and sustainable food systems.
In particular, the paper discusses links between the food system, environmental sustainability and population health. It asks the public health community to take a broad focus on food within policy, advocacy, research, programmes and interventions and to consider the sustainability of food systems from an ecological model perspective of public health, for populations now and in the future.
You can download and read the full paper here.
15 March 2019
Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health certificate awarded to FPH
In 2017, FPH signed the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health. We're proud to share the certificate we've received from Public Health England which reflects our organisational commitments towards achieving better mental health. Click here to view the certificate and read the commitments in full.
To find out more about the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health, read the blog our President Professor John Middleton wrote after he signed it on behalf of FPH in 2017 via this link.
27 February 2019
Voting opens on Monday 11 March for the election of a new FPH Vice President
We are very pleased to announce that four nominations have been received for the election of our next Vice President. Details of the candidates and the arrangements for the ballot can be found here.
27 February 2019
We are delighted that our Welfare Rights SIG, led by Prof Mark Gamsu, has been awarded a Health Foundation grant as part of their Taking Action on the Social Determinants of Health programme.
As part of this programme, the Health Foundation called on UK Public Health Network organisations to partner with organisations outside the public health community, that work in or can influence the social determinants of health, exploring innovative ways to work across sectors. The programme is supporting five projects that will each run for 12–18 months.
Our project – run in partnership with UK Health Forum and Citizens Advice – focuses on the role of money and income in shaping our health. In the UK there is evidence of increasing problematic debt and financial insecurity, and growing levels of destitution. Data on these areas exist, but they are not brought together systematically. This project will involve developing a single dataset which will then be piloted by public health teams in a number of local authority areas. The aim is to test whether providing this coherent framework on financial insecurity and problematic debt can help to improve the quality of services such as mental health and primary care.
FPH’s Board has appointed James Gore as the new CEO. Before stepping into the interim CEO position in September 2018, James was the Director of Education and Standards at FPH and has been with the organisation for over a decade. He comes to the role armed with a wealth of knowledge that will help steer the organisation forward.
In response to his appointment, James said: “I am proud and honoured to have been appointed as the new CEO of FPH. After over a decade working at FPH in various roles, I look forward to working in a new capacity in supporting our dedicated Trustees, members and excellent staff team. Moving forwards, I am committed to putting our membership at the heart of everything we do and ensuring that FPH is the professional membership organisation that our members expect and deserve. With the support of the team, I am committed to improving the services we provide as well as engaging with and supporting our members and partners in their efforts to improve the public’s health.”
Prof John Middleton, President, FPH, said: “I’m delighted that James has been appointed as FPH’s new CEO. We’ve worked closely together for many years and I know that he’ll do a stellar job of leading the organisation at such an important time for public health and the members we serve.”
Prof Maggie Rae, Incoming President, FPH, said: “James’ appointment as FPH’s new CEO is very well deserved. When my Presidency starts in June, I’m looking forward to working together to champion FPH’s organisational priorities of public health standards, our workforce, policy, knowledge and evidence-sharing, and continuing our work on education and training.”
31 January 2019
Nominations are now open for FPH’s new Vice President to take up office from the FPH AGM on 12 June 2019 for a term of three years.
The Vice President serves as a deputy to the FPH President, providing strategic leadership and acting as an ambassador to promote and develop the work of the FPH.
The post is open to all FPH Fellows but candidates can be nominated by any voting member of FPH, so please consider nominating colleagues for this important post and, if appropriate, encourage them to put their name forward.
If you require any further information about the election process, please contact Caroline Wren at firstname.lastname@example.org, 020 3696 1464. John Middleton or Maggie Rae would be happy to discuss the role with interested colleagues. Please e-mail email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nomination papers, including a full role description are available here. The deadline for nominations is 5pm on Monday 25 February 2019.
17 January 2019
Nominations are open for the election of Local Board Members (LBMs) for the North West region, the West Midlands and the East Midlands.
LBMs play a key role in the strategic leadership of FPH, engaging with, and representing the interests of, local Faculty members. A detailed post description can be found in the nomination papers - North West, West Midlands, East Midlands.
The posts are open to all FPH voting members. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday 13 February 2019.
17 January 2019
Following the election of our current Registrar, Maggie Rae, as President, we have a vacancy for a new Registrar from the AGM in June. This is an exciting opportunity to play an active role in the strategic leadership of FPH, with a particular focus on workforce development, public health standards, and FPH membership and governance.
Further details about the post can be found in the nomination papers. The deadline for nominations is 29 January 2019.
17 January 2019
Dr Charlie Foster, who teaches on the MSc Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health course at the University of Bristol, was awarded an OBE in recognition of his work to promote physical activity. Click here to read more.
4 January 2019
Thank you to all of our members who voted or stood for a position in the recent elections. Please click here to see who was successfully elected as our new President and three General Board Members (GBMs).
21 December 2018
Local Board funding and support available for 2019
Thank you to all Local Board members who offered feedback on how FPH can help support Local Board regional events. We appreciate that some Boards are experiencing financial and resource pressures in hosting regional events and FPH wish to help support these networking opportunities.
In 2019, FPH will offer our conference call facility for one of each of the Local Board's scheduled meetings at no cost and will also fund each Local Board with £250 to support meetings in 2019.
We hope these resources will help Local Boards to connect with FPH members across their region.
For more information, and to take advantage of these opportunities please contact email@example.com
4 December 2018
Nominations open on Monday 3 December for the election of three FPH Officers, all of which are key leadership roles. They are:
- Treasurer – who is responsible for the Faculty’s financial affairs and ensuring its financial viability;
- Academic Registrar – who provides strategic leadership for the Faculty’s examinations, training and continuing education in public health; and
- Assistant Academic Registrar – who serves as a deputy to the Academic Registrar, supporting the provision of high quality examinations, training and education.
The positions are open to all FPH Fellows in good standing and provide an exciting opportunity to engage in the strategic leadership of FPH, helping to shape the future of our organisation and public health. So, if you have a special interest in examinations, training and education, or financial affairs, and would like the opportunity to make a positive impact using your skills and expertise, we would be delighted to receive a nomination from you.
If you are not a Fellow but know someone who’d be perfect for one of the above positions, tell them – it could be the nudge they need to put themselves forward!
Nomination papers, including post descriptions, can be found here:
The deadline for nominations is 5pm on Wednesday 9 January 2019. Please note, in accordance with our Standing Orders, all candidates must be nominated by a voting member of the Board; a list of Board members is included in the nomination packs.
The successful candidates will take up post from FPH’s AGM on 12 June 2019.
If you require any further information about the elections, please contact Caroline Wren - firstname.lastname@example.org, 020 3696 1464.
3 December 2018
Vice President of Policy resigns
Steve Watkins having served as VP Policy has decided to step down from his post. Steve has been very busy since his retirement trying to fit in his various commitments with THSG, UNITE and FPH, not to mention family and writing. He has come to realise that there just isn’t enough time available to fulfil these commitments to his desired standard. This is not a decision that Steve has taken lightly.
We wish Steve every success in his roles at THSG and UNITE and with the completion of his books, and thank him for the energy and enthusiasm he has brought to the role of VP Policy.
27 November 2018
Voting opens on Monday 12 November for the election of a new FPH President and three General Board Members
We are very pleased to announce that two nominations have been received for the election of a new President and six nominations for the three General Board Member vacancies. Click here for details of the candidates and the arrangements for the ballot.
1 November 2018
Nominations are open to find FPH’s new President and we want all of our members to get involved with the election process. If you’re a Fellow of FPH and keen to take on an important leadership role, please consider running for election. Click here to read more about the role and to find out how you can stand for election or nominate someone.
28 September 2018
FPH encourages members to get more involved with the organisation by standing for election to join the Board
Nominations are open for three General Board Members at FPH. Whether you’re just starting out in your career or perhaps you’ve got ten years’ experience under your belt but want a new challenge, becoming a Board member is accessible to all of our voting members. Click here to read more about how you can stand for election or nominate someone you think would be great for the role.
28 September 2018
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