On Monday and Tuesday, David Heymann, our chairman, and myself, with some of our team, spent time in Atlanta, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention HQ, to review our current collaborations and where these might be further strengthened, in particular on Global Health Security and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in which the UK is playing a leading role internationally. Public Health England (PHE) is responsible for 4 of the 7 elements in the UK strategy on AMR, under the overall leadership of Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies.
We hugely welcome yesterday’s announcement that all 4 UK health ministers are backing the call for action on reducing the risk of developing dementia. They have each signed up to the Blackfriars Consensus Statement on dementia risk reduction which was published last month jointly by PHE and the UK Health Forum.
And finally, warm congratulations to one of our independent Board members, Derek Myers, who was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his services to local government in London. The first chief executive in London to have run 2 local councils simultaneously – Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham – Sir Derek has played a leading role in the improvement and efficiency of public services.