An important part of the new Health and Social Care Act 2012 is the transfer of public health to local government. From April 2013 all upper tier and unitary local authorities will be required to ensure plans are in place to protect the health of their populations from all hazards and emergencies. This timely seminar will explore ways in which local authorities can work with Pubic Health England and its wider partners to ensure they have robust Health Protection plans in place to prevent health-related threats and hazards to their communities.
Local government is set to take on responsibilities for public health as part of the biggest shake-up of health delivery for sixty years. Councils will have responsibilities across the three domains of public health: health improvement, health protection and healthcare. Health protection is a key component in the government's agenda for change.
All upper tier and unitary local authorities will have duty placed on them to ensure plans are in place to prevent threats to their populations and to protect the health of their populations from all hazards and full scale health related emergencies. From April 2013 the Health Protection Agency will become a part of Public Health England (PHE) it will be up to PHE, the NHS Commissioning Board, Clinical Commissioning Groups and Local Authorities to deliver the health protection agenda.
Successful reform will encourage and enable innovation in healthcare and lead to more positive outcomes for local people. This opens up huge opportunities for local government to adopt health protection as a core objective in all their plans and services. We need to ensure that reform delivers effective protection for the population from health threats, based on a clear line of sight from the top of government to the frontline; clear accountabilities; collaboration and co-ordination at every level of the system; and robust, locally sensitive arrangements for planning and response.
Through a mix of presentations, workshops and discussion, this event will explore ways in which local authorities can work with PHE and its partners to ensure they have robust health protection plans in place.
Monday 25 June 2012Smith Square Conference CentreLocal Government House,London SW1P 3HZ
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