The Health Services Committee represents the views and opinions of FPH members working mostly in healthcare public health roles and ensures that health services public health remains a critical priority area for FPH and other public health bodies. We meet quarterly.
The committee focuses on developing and improving evidence-based healthcare, including the assessment and planning of health need, prevention, quality (safety, outcomes and good patient experience), efficiency (good outcomes per £ spent), value (that the patient or population derive), variation, and equity in health and social care pathways. Our current priority areas include: development opportunities in healthcare public health, advancing healthcare public health training, and providing a governance role for FPH’s Special Interest Groups related to health services.
We’re always looking for new members to add expertise and capacity to our committee. We would welcome FPH members to apply to join the committee by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
In summer 2018 we joined with the PHE-supported Public Health Provider Network to produce a paper for NHS and STPs to help them develop their 'Population Health' approach to their own business and that of the health communities around them. Our experience is that this helps promote upstream, preventative and public health approaches to NHS planning, healthcare, and staff health. It has been strongly supported by Trust boards wherever it has been developed (upwards of 40 trusts now), and we have found that Public Health Specialists (and importantly trainees) who get closely involved within Trusts environments are warmly welcomed and find the work extremely professionally beneficial. Some NHS trusts have created NHS Consultant in Public Health jobs because of the positive experiences of having CPHs or trainees working closely with them on Population Health frameworks.
To read the paper, click here.
FPH Approved Definition of Healthcare Public Health
The HSC has also developed a definition of Healthcare Public Health, which you can read here.
FPH Initial Thoughts on the NHS Long Term Plan
The HSC has also collated our initial thoughts to key areas of the NHS Long Term Plan, including on service models, data and analysis, prevention, and workforce. You can read the response here.