Duncan Selbie’s Friday message – 2 November 2018
In 2017, there have been round 420,000 diagnoses of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) made in England, broadly the identical quantity as within the earlier 12 months, and one half was recognized in younger folks aged 15 to 24. Final week, PHE launched the third phase of our Protect Against STIs marketing campaign aimed toward this age group. This part has a further concentrate on explaining that some STIs can haven’t any signs, and encourages younger folks to really feel assured to hold and use condoms. The marketing campaign will utilise the digital platforms we all know younger folks spend most time on – Instagram and Snapchat – and makes use of the music streaming service Spotify. We hope that everybody will spotlight the marketing campaign to their sons, daughters, mates and work colleagues.
Virtually half one million folks die annually in England, equating to round one particular person per minute. In the present day we printed a brand new End of Life and Palliative Care Atlas, which incorporates nationwide knowledge exhibiting that over the previous decade, age, trigger and site of loss of life has considerably modified, with 1 / 4 of individuals dying at dwelling, a 3.9% improve between 2007 and 2016. The Atlas is the primary of its form on the earth and emphasises the significance of individuals having the fitting to selection in the place, and with what help their lives finish.
On Thursday, we printed our annual alcohol and drug statistics for folks in dependancy remedy. These present a unbroken fall within the numbers of individuals in remedy for alcohol, down 17% since 2013, so there may be rising unmet want and we have now printed our findings on this, additionally yesterday. We can be discussing these with native authorities and NHS colleagues to agree the right way to finest deal with this. The rise in using crack cocaine can also be a priority and it’s encouraging to see companies are responding effectively with bigger numbers of crack customers getting handled.
PHE is internet hosting the IANPHI (Worldwide Affiliation of Nationwide Public Well being Institutes) annual assembly in London subsequent week from four to 7 November, which can convey collectively the leaders of the world’s public well being Companies and Institutes to alternate finest practices and join with their friends. IANPHI includes 110 member institutes from 93 nations and its best energy is the partnership and friendship it engenders between us. Now we have a wonderful programme deliberate and this 12 months’s gathering is framed across the theme of ‘Investing within the public’s well being – the case for prevention’. Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Well being and Social Care, will open the convention and set the scene from the England perspective.
In the present day marks the anniversary of the Disability Confident Scheme, which asks employers, each private and non-private, to decide to attracting and retaining the expertise of disabled folks. The Division for Work and Pensions has launched a month lengthy marketing campaign to help their ‘caring society’ precedence, in addition to the Authorities ambition of getting a million extra disabled folks in work by 2027. We’re proud that PHE has reached Incapacity Assured Management standing, however know we have to proceed to do extra to be a beautiful and vibrant place for colleagues with a incapacity or long run situation, to allow them to do their finest work and really feel absolutely supported.
And at last, on Thursday and at this time, the annual Due North convention was held in Anfield, dwelling of Liverpool Soccer Membership the place 250 folks have been gathering. This 12 months the main focus is on working with elected mayors and devolution, with enter from each Better Manchester and Liverpool Metropolis mayors. Due North was a report commissioned by PHE in 2014 and led by Dame Margaret Whitehead to assist galvanise motion on the stark well being inequalities within the north and is as related at this time as 4 years in the past.