Public Health England

Public Health England (PHE) is the expert national public health agency which fulfils the Secretary of State for Health’s statutory duty to protect health and address inequalities, and executes his power to promote the health and wellbeing of the nation. We are responsible for: • making the public healthier by encouraging discussions, advising government and supporting action by local government, the NHS and other people and organisations • supporting the public so they can protect and improve their own health • protecting the nation’s health through the national health protection service, and preparing for public health emergencies • sharing our information and expertise with local authorities, industry and the NHS, to help them make improvements in the public’s health • researching, collecting and analysing data to improve our understanding of health and come up with answers to public health problems • reporting on improvements in the public’s health so everyone can understand the challenge and the next steps • helping local authorities and the NHS to develop the public health system and its specialist workforce

Updated:
10 February 2016
Location:
National
Sectors:
Care, Health, Research Sector, Commissioners Sector

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

PHE will support local authorities, and through them clinical commissioning groups, by providing evidence and knowledge on local health needs, alongside practical and professional advice on what to do to improve health, and by taking action nationally where it makes sense to do so. 

In 2013/14 we will focus our energies on five high-level enduring priorities: 

1. Reducing preventable deaths

2. Reducing the burden of disease

3. Protecting the country’s health

4. Giving children and young people the best start in life

5. Improving health in the workplace 

In seeking to reduce the burden of disease and disability, we have identified dementia as one of our organisational priorities. We have committed to reduce the incidence and impact of dementia, through implementing the Prime Minister’s challenge on dementia. 

We will work with partners across the NHS, local government and voluntary and community sector to develop a co-ordinated national approach to preventing dementia, maximising the contribution of NHS Healthchecks, and we will focus on reducing on the burden and stigma of dementia on families by supporting Dementia Friendly Communities.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Public Health England was established in April 2013, alongside numerous other changes affecting health, social care, and local government. 

We can and will make important progress in our first year by focusing on a small number of key actions with the greatest potential to make a difference to health and wellbeing in England.  We have identified action of dementia as one of our priorities for our first year. 

These actions will not, however, fully reflect all the work we will lead and support, but they are the areas on which we will focus our collective efforts. We will work closely with our partners over the course of this year to develop a three-year plan for demonstrable improvements in the public’s health.

2. Actions

  • Explore opportunities to raise awareness and reduce the risk of dementia

    We are working with partners from all sectors to scope potential opportunities in this area. This includes maximising the contribution of NHS Healthchecks

    Status:
    Initial Scoping

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    We continue to establish dementia risk reduction as a public health priority. Alongside the UK Health Forum, we published the Blackfriars Consensus in May, which set out the consensus that the scientific evidence on dementia risk reduction is now sufficient to justify action and outlined the potential risk factors involved.

    We will undertake further work to incorporate dementia risk reduction into existing programmes and services, and will be aiming to support increased awareness and behavioural change amongst commissioners, clinicians and the public. 

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

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  • Pursue an innovative and wide-reaching, sector-specific approach that builds ‘dementia friendly’ communities

    We are working with partners from all sectors to scope potential opportunities in this area. This will include seeking to de-stigmatise all forms of dementia, and signposting people to post-diagnosis dementia support.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    In May 2014 we launched the Dementia Friends campaign in partnership with Alzheimer’s Society.  Dementia Friends learn a little bit about what it's like to live with dementia and are then able to turn that understanding into action to support people living with dementia and their carers. We will continue to promote Dementia Friends in the coming year with the aim of creating one million Dementia Friends by March 2015.  We also continue to support Dementia Friendly Communities including promotion to local public health teams.

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

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  • Ensure robust and relevant data, intelligence and research on dementia prevalence and prevention is accessible to those that need it to improve outcomes for those with dementia and their carers

    We are working with partner organisations on information/data reviews, provision and accessibility, and establishing what gaps need to be filled.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    The Mental Health Neurology and Dementia Intelligence Network (MHNDIN) launched in June 2014.  As part of this, the Dementia Intelligence Network was established, with the aim of supporting commissioners, local decision makers and other health professionals through providing authoritative intelligence, research and evidenced best practice relating to dementia.  Work is ongoing to engage with partners and understand how best to respond to the data and intelligence needs of national and local systems.

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

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  • Determine how PHE itself can become a ‘dementia friendly employer’, recognising particularly the needs of staff caring for family members or friends with dementia

    We are reviewing PHE’s internal policies and processes to ensure we are a dementia friendly employer.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    We are continuing to review PHE’s internal policies and procedures to ensure that we are a dementia friendly employer, including by involving carers for people who have dementia.  We have also committed that all our staff will complete the Dementia Friends training. 

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    New member