The role of the NHS in prevention – about our project

FPH has received a grant from the Health Foundation to undertake a policy development and research project examining the role of the NHS in ill-health prevention. Our project began in August 2018 and will end in mid-2019. This is the first phase of what we hope will be a larger project exploring NHS investment in prevention.

Project aims

  • Build a better understanding of how NHS organisations currently deliver prevention

  • Understand what ‘good’ prevention in different NHS organisations looks like

  • Explore the enablers and barriers for NHS organisations seeking to take a more preventive approach

  • Determine initial priorities for increased investment and focus

  • Support the case internally for FPH to prioritise healthcare public health in our training, education, policy, and standard setting role


FPH commissioned the Evidence Centre to research how the NHS is currently delivering prevention, explore its impacts, and examine its barriers and enablers. You can read the full report here.

We also completed a review of the grey literature, which you can read here.

All Our Health is a resource to help healthcare professionals in England maximise the impact they can have on improving health outcomes and reducing health inequalities.

Project outputs

As part of our project we will be hosting a series of workshops and publishing discussion papers to try to meet our project objectives. We are always looking to engage more FPH members, NHS staff, medical colleges, and partner organisations in our work – so please do have a read of our papers and get in touch with us via to feedback your views.

  1. The Role of the NHS in Prevention

  2. What public health and NHS leaders are telling us

  3. What the NHS thinks about prevention