HEDS is part of the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield. We undertake research, teaching, training and consultancy on all aspects of health related decision science, with a particular emphasis on health economics, HTA and evidence synthesis.

Monday, 5 February 2018

Public Health activities – DH consultation

Well, it’s now the Department of Health and Social Care, of course…..
“The Health and Social Care Act 2012 amended the NHS Act 2006 to give local authorities (LAs) the leading role in improving their population’s health and the Secretary of State (SofS) the duty to protect the health of the population in England and reduce health inequalities. The 2012 Act allows the SofS to make regulations requiring LAs to take particular steps to improve or protect health – ‘prescribed’ activity.

It is now over four years since public health duties transferred back to LAs, and the system has had the chance to settle and mature. The Government remains committed to the primary legislative framework for public health which was established in 2012, and the existing regulations remain in force. However, the Government recognises that it is timely to take stock of the regulations to ensure the system is working as it should be and is fit for the future. This is given added relevance by the announcement in December 2017 that the Government intends to replace the ring-fenced public health grant and conditions with LAs’ own business rates retention (BRR) funding from April 2020.”
The consultation closes on 17th Apr 2018.