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What we think

FPH delivers a focussed advocacy agenda to support policies which give everyone the best chance to live a healthy life, no matter who they or where they live.

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We’re proud to do policy-focused work that aims to give everyone the best chance to live a healthy life, no matter who they or where they live. On this page you’ll be able to read our recent position statements which tell you what we think on a number of different issues. You’ll also be able to read consultation responses which we’ve developed in collaboration with our members to help inform policy development in a way that puts public health at the heart of the narrative.

Cost-of-living Crisis: A Call to Action from the Faculty of Public Health in Scotland

The Committee of the Faculty of Public Health in Scotland has issued this call for urgent action from the UK and Scottish Governments to mitigate the impacts of the cost-of-living crisis and reduce health inequalities.

The statement calls for a range of immediate and long-term actions to tackle the current crisis and deliver for communities across Scotland.

FPH Policy Briefings

FPH has published a set of Policy Briefings that were written by our Special Interest Groups to provide an insight into key public health issues being experienced within the UK and overseas.

Each brief provides an overview of the issue, highlights FPH’s current work in the field, our current policy position, and a series of FPH policy recommendations that set out some key actions that should be taken. They also highlight current and proposed policies in the UK that are being put forward to tackle the relevant issue.

Access the policy briefings here

Climate and Health

Ongoing advocacy around climate change is central to all aspects of the work FPH does, and there are many co-benefits in health to be gained through addressing the climate emergency. Key to this work are the Sustainable Development SIG and Climate and Health Committee, who have partnered on projects including developing the FPH Climate and Health Strategy, achieving observer status at COP26 and producing a Climate and Sustainability Checklist for FPH Events.

Healthy Lives, Fairer Futures

A call to action from the Faculty of Public Health in Scotland, Healthy Lives, Fairer Futures sets out some of the actions we believe should be taken to address health inequalities for best effect in Scotland. The priorities within the document are very challenging, mostly requiring concerted action across society as a whole, as well as government action.

Functions and Standards of a Public Health System

This document draws together a range of different papers that the Faculty of Public Health has produced in recent years to describe the essential functions of a public health system, and the standards and contribution of the specialist public health workforce that are crucial to a robust UK public health structure.

Consultation responses and position papers

The section below has links to the various consultations the FPH has responded to, as well as the position papers written. 

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FPH is the professional home for public health in the UK and abroad. We support over 5,000 members across all career stages enabling them to drive the profession forward and achieve our vision of improving public health.

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