Duncan Selbie’s Friday message – 12 October 2018
You can not have good well being with out good psychological well being and this week the UK Authorities hosted a psychological well being summit, bringing collectively delegates from over 50 international locations. Well being and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock launched the UK Authorities ambition to realize parity between psychological and bodily well being. In parallel to this PHE launched Every Mind Matters, a brand new marketing campaign highlighting the significance of taking care of your psychological well being. The marketing campaign, which is being piloted within the East and West Midlands, directs folks to a brand new on-line hub of NHS assured sensible recommendation and assist for these experiencing widespread psychological well being issues corresponding to nervousness, stress and sleeplessness. It embraces leading edge digital methodologies and social media to make sure the messages attain the folks they’re supposed for in a related and sensible method. Topic to the analysis of the pilot, this shall be rolled out nationally subsequent yr.
As work on the NHS Lengthy Time period Plan continues at tempo it was energising this week to listen to Mayor Andy Burnham utilizing this chance to set out his imaginative and prescient for Larger Manchester. This goals to combine well being throughout each public service together with early years, schooling, group security, housing and employment. He introduced new place-based locality groups which can put a deal with folks and place and importantly, put prevention on the coronary heart of this and you may learn his speech here.
This week we’ve got met with main meals business companies and NGOs to debate the following section of the calorie discount programme, which goals to cut back energy by 20% by 2024 within the meals contributing probably the most energy to the diets of youngsters. General, the meals business is approaching this with pragmatism and dedication and it was encouraging to see a robust prove from the out of dwelling sector (quick-service eating places, meals supply corporations, espresso retailers, pubs and so on), which has been underrepresented in earlier boards. That is welcome engagement and we’ll publish the ultimate steering for every of the 14 meals classes concerned in spring 2019.
Final week G20 world leaders gathered in Argentina to participate in a disaster simulation train led by England’s Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies and developed and delivered by PHE, enjoying out what would occur within the occasion of an antibiotic resistance epidemic. Simulation workouts assist put together for emergencies and improve our capacity to maintain folks protected by testing out programs and processes. My thanks go to our emergency response division for his or her work on this.
On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, PHE, together with Sport England, the World Well being Group and Well being Enhancing Bodily Exercise Europe, shall be internet hosting the fourth biennial Worldwide Society for Bodily Exercise and Well being in London. This may carry collectively famend worldwide audio system from academia, coverage and apply. Themes embrace bodily exercise and inequalities, utilizing proof to realize inhabitants change and impacts on the broader determinants of well being. You may study extra on the Congress website.
And at last, a heat welcome to the ImmForm staff who are actually a part of PHE. Immform is a crucial administration service for the supply of the nationwide immunisation programmes and allows the ordering of vaccines by the NHS, collects vaccine uptake knowledge and would order pandemic flu scientific countermeasures within the occasion of a UK pandemic.