Duncan Selbie's Friday message: 23 August 2013

Weekly message from the Chief Executive of Public Health England.

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Duncan Selbie's Friday message: 23 August 2013

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One of the most valuable legacies PHE has inherited is an enormous wealth of scientific knowledge, skill and expertise.

Our inherited ‘pipeline’ projects include antibodies to treat severe infections from the hospital superbug ‘Clostridium difficile’, a phosphor plate test pack for assessing dental X-ray sets, and rapid detection and point of care diagnostics for anthrax, meningitis, respiratory virus, and TB.

This week’s challenge on the NHS Health Check programme was interesting. What it has demonstrated is that we have to work harder to get across the message that this is primarily a health improvement programme offering a genuine opportunity to engage people in discussions about healthy lifestyles before they get sick.

I am delighted that the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) has this month announced its 20 Early Intervention ‘Pioneering Places’ which will provide first hand evidence of what works in delivering effective early intervention.

Published 23 August 2013