Brexit campaign

Brexit is a watershed moment for public health: FPH is campaigning to ensure that a high standard of health is prioritised and protected at this crucial time as we negotiate our future relationship with the European Union. We’re looking for the healthiest and safest Brexit programme, which protects public health in the short term and enables public health improvement in the long-term in the UK and internationally.

FPH is making a strong case for prevention and public health in the Brexit negotiations and its central importance to our future economic prosperity. We aim to mitigate the risk of exacerbating inequalities, and ideally to support a levelling up of outcomes, through seeking the continued protection of existing law, strengthening our defence against infectious disease, and securing health-focused trade agreements.

We welcome this Health Impact Assessment from Public Health Wales of how Brexit may affect the health and well-being of people across Wales.

Emergency Brexit Webinar

On 19 October 2020 the Faculty held an emergency webinar on Brexit and public health: policy, planning and preparedness. A full recording of the webinar is available here.

The aims of the webinar were to

  1. Clarify the latest knowledge and evidence on Brexit as it affects the public’s health and wellbeing and the implications for a crash-out Brexit, or an exit with a Trade deal.

  2. Identify mitigating actions for the UK public health system and emergency planning community

Over 400 registered for the webinar from 20 different countries spanning 3 continents. Presentations are available here:

Brexit Advisory Board and Project Group

FPH is pleased to introduce the members of our Brexit Advisory Board and Brexit Project Group.

The Advisory Board, convened in November 2017, is responsible for the governance and strategic direction of the Brexit project. Board members represent the public health interests and perspectives of diverse communities across the country and are experts in public health practice and policy at the local and national level. The Board meets quarterly.

The Brexit Project Group is responsible for the delivery of FPH’s Brexit project. Members are drawn from the staff team in FPH’s Policy & Communications Department and Specialist Registrars in public health from across the country.

Maggie Rae, President, FPH
Neil Squires, Director of Global Public Health, Public Health England
Sumina Azam, Consultant in Public Health, Public Health Wales
Alison McCallum, Director of Public Health and Health Policy, NHS Lothian
Modi Mwatsama, Director: Policy & Global Health, UK Health Forum
Jane Landon, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, UK Health Forum
Paul Belcher, Independent expert on EU Health Policy
Martin McKee, Professor of European Public Health
Heather Lodge, Coordinator, UK Public Health Network
Grace Norman, Public Health Speciality Registrar
Emily Dobell, Public Health Speciality Registrar
Rhosyn Harris, Public Health Specialty Registrar
Danielle Solomon, Public Health Specialty Registrar
Jonny Currie, Public Health Specialty Registrar
Mary Dallat, Public Health Specialty Registrar
James Gore, Chief Executive, FPH
Mag Connolly, Deputy Chief Executive & Director of Corporate Affairs
David Parkinson, Communications Manager, FPH

We’d love your support

We’re looking to create informal networks of FPH members who are particularly interested in this topic who we can involve in our campaign on a regular basis. Click here to find out how you can get involved.