Duncan Selbie's Friday message: 14 March 2014

Weekly message from the Chief Executive of Public Health England.

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Duncan Selbie's Friday message: 14 March 2014

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We are in the process of refreshing our corporate business plan, one year in, and will be sharing this for comment and improvement over the next few weeks. It will include assurances around our first duty to protect the nation from infectious disease and environmental hazards and will set stretching goals for the science and professional services where we make a unique contribution.

On Tuesday I joined Alderman Fiona Woolf, the Lord Mayor of London, and Dame Carol Black, our expert adviser on Heath and Work as a speaker at the inaugural ‘Business Healthy’ Conference, convened by the City of London. We will be working closely with the Corporation of London to support and learn from its expertise, help to develop a City-wide network of SMEs, and identify creative ways to support SMEs across the country to promote staff health and wellbeing.

And finally, we have been working with the Department of Health and Department for Communities and Local Government on including a health section in the latter’s new National Planning Practice Guidance and I am very pleased to say that this guidance is now live and includes a comprehensive section on health and wellbeing – the first time this has been incorporated within a national planning policy document.

Published 14 March 2014