Lord Victor Adebowale sets out his ambitions for public health

News item posted: 04 April 2014

Speaking at a national seminar on Monday 9 July, Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point said that 'public health needs to be a priority across all public services.'

Speaking at a national seminar on Monday 9 July, Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point said that 'public health needs to be a priority across all public services.'

'There is an opportunity to reboot public health which needs to be taken. There are many examples of good practice from local authorities across the country, ahead of the devolution of public health responsibilities next April.

'Key pillars of good practice are vision and recognition of responsibilities, meeting specific local health challenges, preparedness and engaging with communities.

'Every policy, practice, budget and decision should consider public health. What else is local government for, if not to improve health and life chances in communities?'

The event was organised by the Department of Health, the LGA, the NHS Confederation and the Faculty of Public Health. It was attended by public health professionals, chief executives and other senior representatives from charities, public bodies and local authorities.

The Department of Health is also hosting a series of regional seminars on public health. These are due to take place on 13 July for the South of England (in Reading), 19 September for the East of England and 6 November for the East Midlands.