Duncan Selbie's Friday message: 21 February 2014

Weekly message from the Chief Executive of Public Health England.

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Duncan Selbie's Friday message: 21 February 2014

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On Wednesday we published our integrated ‘Guidance on recovery from flooding’ for frontline responders which pulls together and expands on all the guidance we have published to date. I want to again express my thanks and appreciation to everyone involved as we look forward to getting on with the cleanup.

Unsung heroes on the frontline who have embraced the opportunities afforded by the new public health system to improve the public’s health are to be recognised by the Public Health Minister Jane Ellison at a special event in the House of Lords on Thursday 3 April. The Minister has written to Directors of Public Health and MPs asking them to nominate, by 6 March, one person, project or partnership from their community who they feel most deserves recognition.

Together with other national organisations, PHE has committed to the Crisis Care Concordat which aims to drive up standards of care for people experiencing a mental health crisis such as suicidal thoughts or significant anxiety.

And finally, we have just launched two regional pilots: the North West is running a campaign on the symptoms of ovarian cancer, and North Cumbria and the North East are focusing on the symptoms of oesphago-gastric cancer.

Published 21 February 2014