Duncan Selbie's Friday message: 31 October 2014

Weekly message from the Chief Executive of Public Health England.



Following on from the publication of Longer Lives, a digital tool that enables local government and the local NHS to look in depth at the causes of premature mortality in their areas and across England, on Thursday we launched the next phase of this work, Healthier Lives: Diabetes.

Our Gastrointestinal Bacteria Reference Unit, also in Colindale, together with international partners and the University of Aberdeen, has been awarded a €420,000 contract by the European Food Standards Agency (EFSA) to do whole genome sequencing of strains of Listeria monocytogenes from across the whole of the European Union.

On Wednesday the What Works Centre for Wellbeing went live. This is a significant development in the ‘What Works Network’, launched by the Government last year to improve public services through evidence-based policy and practice.