Duncan Selbie's Friday message: 31 January 2014

Weekly message from the Chief Executive of Public Health England.

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Duncan Selbie's Friday message: 31 January 2014

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Together with Sir David Nicholson, and Michael Coughlin from the Local Government Association we launched our joint ‘Sustainable Development Strategy for the NHS, Public Health and Social Care System 2014 to 2020’.

Other news this week is the confirmation from Ministers that the funding and commissioning responsibilities for the 0 to 5 Healthy Child Programme (health visiting services and family nurse partnership) will formally transfer from the NHS to Local Government from 1 October 2015.

On Tuesday, our national leadership team met our counterparts from the Faculty of Public Health to consider how we can best work together and play to each other’s strengths. A number of priorities were identified, from ensuring we provide prompt, useful, evidence-based support to our colleagues in Local Government and the NHS, ensuring they have access to the full range of public health expertise and experience, to aligning our contributions in our respective international work.

And finally, yesterday, national and international experts on dementia met at a conference hosted by PHE and the UK Health Forum which focused on the development of a prevention agenda for dementia and other non-communicable diseases. We will be developing this work further in the coming months.

Published 31 January 2014