Public health and prevention

We are currently reshaping and refocusing our support offer in the light of the COVID-19 health emergency.

The role of council’s public health teams has been at the centre of our national COVID-19 response. We are taking some time to develop a refreshed offer, with partners, for this high profile service. What is clear at this stage is that we will have a strong focus on health inequalities and the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable groups in the community making a joined up ‘health in all policies’ approach much more urgent. We will also link into the separately funded support on mental health which is a key theme coming through the COVID-19 emergency.

Sector-led improvement for public health and prevention

We will continue to support the Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) regions and work collaboratively with them to develop this offer. Testing, Contact Tracing and Local Outbreak Planning is a priority area to focus our support.

COVID-19 Peer Support offer: Testing, Contact Tracing and Local Outbreak Planning

In June 2020 Local Government and Directors of Public Health (DPHs) have been identified as critical in managing the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic: testing, contact tracing and outbreak management. All upper tier councils have been tasked by Government to:

  • establish a member led Local Outbreak Control Board 
  • establish a Director of Public Health led COVID-19 Health Protection Board
  • develop a Local Outbreak Control Plan 

Support for local leadership - peer offer on testing contact tracing and outbreak management (pdf, 198KB)
The purpose of this document is to support council leaders, the chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, and chief executive officers to use as a checklist to establish if they are working in a way that would support planning for a local outbreak. Contact [email protected]

Support for DPHs

The DPH has a crucial role in the design and delivery of the local public health response. Our support offer, in partnership with ADPH, is flexible bespoke peer support for DPHs and their teams to create some additional capacity, with health protection expertise, for the local response to COVID-19. Contact [email protected]

Prevention Matters: how elected members can improve the health of their communities
We are currently looking at developing an online and virtual offer.

Health in all Policies (HiaP) support

We have just launched the Councillor workbook: Health in All Policies and COVID-19, designed to prompt reflection, insight and to identify actions to improve practice and support your work in adapting your approach to population health and the council’s public health resource in the context of COVID-19.

We will also be hosting a webinar Health in All Policies: Leading place to tackle the social determinants of health on 15 September 2020, 10.30am - 12.00pm, to hear from local areas how they are addressing health inequalities and officially launch the workbook.

We are currently piloting virtual HiAP workshops. If you would like to find out more, please contact [email protected]

System wide health and care peer challenge

We are currently looking to develop a virtual and remote offer for peer challenge, aligning closely with the developments in the LGA for peer challenge. 

We are also developing a Health Inequalities Peer Challenge. For further information contact [email protected]


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