When many people think about health often our hospitals and other health or care services spring to mind, and indeed these are a vital part of our system. But the interventions that prevent people from needing to access healthcare in the first place are equally important. Public health is about creating the conditions in which people can live healthy lives for as long as possible, acknowledging that economic prosperity, a good start in life, education, good work, housing and strong, supportive relationships all play their part. With increasing focus on prevention and public health (including in the NHS Long Term Plan and forthcoming Prevention Green Paper) how do we ensure that the whole system works together to deliver the best possible services and interventions? And crucially, facing challenges ranging from our ageing population through to the financial constraints placed upon us, how do we best demonstrate how our services are improving health outcomes and reducing health … [Read more...] about Blog Public health matters Making quality in public health a shared responsibility
Evidence shows that prevention and early intervention frequently represent good value for money and PHE is committed to helping the system make the economic case for prevention, providing the tools and advice to help local areas make the most out of every pound. This is why in September 2017 we first launched the Health Economics Evidence Resource (HEER) to help local areas access the health economics evidence they need to make evidence-based investment decisions. This week we have updated the HEER, adding over 100 interventions to include evidence from some of the latest health economics sources. What is the HEER? The HEER is an Excel-based interactive resource that allows users to access a summary of economic evidence across a range of public health areas such as sexual health, drug and alcohol misuse, obesity and smoking. Over 350 interventions are included, sourced from a mixture of journals, papers and systematic reviews. The resource is designed to help public health teams and … [Read more...] about Blog Public health matters Maximising the value from the local pound
"Statins key to living longer" - Daily Express. "Statin side-effects questioned" - BBC News. "Doctors' fears over statins may cost lives, says top medical researcher" - The Guardian. "Statins do NOT have major side effects, claims study: Research finds users less likely to suffer maladies than control group" - Mail Online. Statins are constantly in the news, with the media sometimes advocating the benefits, other times focusing on suggested side effects, and often being laced with controversy. Many of us may not fully understand the true facts about the medication, how it can benefit us, and whether or not it is of relevance to us. It is important that any inaccuracies or myths concerning statins are dispelled, as extensive research has confirmed that statin treatment is very effective, very safe and very affordable for those who might benefit from them. It is a vital medicine in the UK effort to save many thousands of preventable deaths every year caused by the biggest global and … [Read more...] about Blog Public health matters Health Matters: What you need to know about statins
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is now a priority for the NHS in England. The rationale is clear: CVD causes 1 in 4 premature deaths, it costs the NHS over £7 billion per year, and it is a major driver of health inequalities, accounting for a quarter of the life expectancy gap between rich and poor. The NHS Long Term Plan announced a bold ambition to prevent 150,000 heart attacks, strokes and cases of dementia over the next ten years. The plan includes commitments on primary prevention, for example increasing smoking cessation support for people admitted to hospital and those in contact with maternity and mental health services; a doubling of capacity in the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme; and more weight management support for people with both obesity and hypertension. However, much of the reduction in cardiovascular events will be achieved by improving the detection and management of 3 high risk conditions - atrial fibrillation, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Despite … [Read more...] about Blog Public health matters Health Matters: Using data to improve cardiovascular outcomes
Arthritis and musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions affect over 17 million people across the UK, causing pain, disability, fatigue and often anxiety, depression or social isolation. Pain and joint stiffness limit movement, making activities such as spending time with family and friends or looking after a household much harder. Over half of people (57%) living with arthritis say they experience pain every day. These conditions disproportionately affect those who are socially and economically disadvantaged. The impact of arthritis also stretches beyond the individual to services and the economy. Each year 20% of the population consult their GP about a MSK problem; and MSK conditions constitute the third largest NHS programme budget. Beyond the health service, MSK conditions are also responsible for 30 million working days lost each year, causing a substantial impact on the economy. The Health Profile for England reports use the Global Burden of Disease study to highlight that low back and … [Read more...] about Blog Public health matters Why are musculoskeletal conditions the biggest contributor to morbidity?