The English local government public health reforms: An independent assessment
15 January 2020
Kings Fund have published their latest independently commissioned report, by the Local Government Association, that assesses the success of the 2013 reforms to public health in England, which were part of the Coalition government’s wider health reform programme.
These reforms, which saw the responsibility for many aspects of public health move from the NHS to local government, involved transition of staff and services and required the formation of new relationships to ensure public health was embedded across local government services.
The report looks at the effects of the reforms in both the short and longer term and looks at the impact of the changes, which have brought opportunities for innovation and integration, as well as challenges, at a time when funding for public health has been cut.
The author then takes a look into the future and the implications for public health in the context of the NHS long term plan, the government’s prevention consultation and the wider shift to population health systems. Read report here.