Duncan Selbie's Friday message: 13 June 2014

Weekly message from the Chief Executive of Public Health England.

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Duncan Selbie's Friday message: 13 June 2014

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Yesterday we published our Business Plan and we received our first Remit Letter setting out what the government expects of us over the coming year. The government also published their response to the Health Select Committee, and together these should provide Parliament with concrete assurance that its expectations of PHE have been fully taken on board.

One of the things we strive to achieve in PHE is a direct understanding of what others want from us and how we can best help them to achieve what matters most to them. A tangible example of this is the annual Cancer Outcomes conference, run by our National Cancer Intelligence Network, which was held in Birmingham on Monday and Tuesday. This brought together more than 550 delegates including patients, carers, clinicians, charities and researchers with a common interest in two things: cancer and using data to improve outcomes. The wealth of good work reported was impressive and appears to be growing year on year.

And finally, profound congratulations to our marketing director Sheila Mitchell and her superb team who earlier this week received a number of national awards from the Institute of Promotional Marketing (2 golds, 1 silver and 2 bronze) and, last night, they were awarded gold in the prestigious Public Sector Communications Excellence Awards for our Be Clear on Cancer campaign. Our marketing team are recognised by the industry as best in class.

Published 13 June 2014