In parallel with the NHS’s Forward View document, Public Health England (PHE) has published its own list of health priorities: From Evidence into Action: Opportunities to Protect and Improve the Nation’s Health, setting out the PHE’s seven key priorities where it believes it can make a significant difference over the coming five to ten years.
The seven priorities are:
- Tackling obesity
- Reducing smoking
- Reducing harmful drinking
- Ensuring every child has the best start in life
- Reducing dementia risk
- Tackling antimicrobial resistance
- Reducing tuberculosis
The full From Evidence into Action paper can be accessed here.
It acknowledges that the health system cannot maintain the status quo and that a sustainable health service is one that helps people stay healthy; not one that only treats illness. It further identifies six ‘game-changers’ that can be taken advantage of and offer a unique opportunity for positive change.
Workplace Wellbeing Charter
Notably, one of these six ‘game-changers’ is the ‘powerful contribution of employers’ in improving people’s mental and physical health. It is pointed out that a healthier workforce is a more productive one and that good quality work promotes better health. It is for this reason that the PHE launched the Workplace Wellbeing Charter earlier this year, providing a roadmap for businesses wanting to improve the health and wellbeing of their staff.