Laura Sharman 14 May 2019

Call to ‘rethink’ public health investment

Call to ‘rethink’ public health investment image

A culture change is needed in the way local organisations evaluate long-term investment in prevention, a report has argued today.

The report, published jointly by Public Health England (PHE) and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), calls for a system wide ‘rethink’ on investment in public health.

It argues culture change is key to making the most of the proposed shift to Integrated Care Systems by 2021.

The report, Evaluating preventative investments in public health in England, advocates for a more systematic approach to evaluating the costs and benefits of preventative investment.

‘Health and wealth are inseparable and are two sides of the same coin and revenue investments in prevention can support economic growth locally,’ said Michael Brodie, finance and commercial director for PHE.

‘But it’s also a reality that local budgets must work harder every year. Decisions about how to invest or disinvest are complicated by the difficulty of demonstrating the costs and benefits of interventions when these are felt across different sectors.’

Rob Whiteman, chief executive of CIPFA, added ‘Developing a robust evidence base for place-based spending on prevention is how we ensure that resources are used wisely to provide the best possible outcomes for the communities we serve.

‘This report starts a conversation about how we achieve transparency and consistency in our approach to evaluating preventative investments. We hope it will prompt a shift in thinking and be a catalyst for change in the near future.’

Rob Whiteman writes in The MJ that the new framework uses cost-benefit analysis to encourage long-term thinking and sustainability.

The power of local systems to save lives image

The power of local systems to save lives

Councils and their partners could do even more to contain the spread of COVID-19 if properly funded to undertake a robust localised system of testing, tracking and tracing, argues Professor Donna Hall.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Income Recovery Assistant

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
£20,344 - £23,836 per annum
We are interested to hear from applicants who can demonstrate the following... Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Senior Occupational Therapist or Senior Social Worker

Essex County Council
£39168 - £47405 per annum
Essex County Council continues to review its ways of working during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. We continue to work within adult social care with a England, Essex, Clacton-On-Sea
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Social Workers

City of York Council
Various
We are keen to enable our social workers to develop their knowledge and skills to secure the best outcomes for... York, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: City of York Council

Junior Software Developer / Analyst Programmer

North Yorkshire County Council
£19,945
This is a fantastic opportunity for you if you have an interest in and talent for software development and are looking for... Northallerton, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

Income Recovery Officer

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
£24,313 - £28,785 per annum
You will be a key player in ensuring prompt and effective early action is taken to control and recover outstanding arrears to eviction stage.    Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue