Foreword by Professor Kevin Fenton
I am delighted to be sharing with you our first Public Health England (PHE) NHS Health Check e-Bulletin. Whilst listening to local teams responsible for commissioning and delivering this key public health programme, I heard very strongly the need for continued national and local support networks. It is for this reason that PHE will work closely with NHS England and the Local Government Association (LGA) to ensure this important channel of communication remains open between our NHS Health Check communities.
I was very fortunate to meet a large number of you involved in the NHS Health Check programme when I recently chaired the national Learning Network event held on the 18th April 2013. The key take home messages which came from national speakers such as Professor Sir Mike Richards, Director for Domain One at NHS England was that this programme is hugely important to address premature mortality in England. This was well articulated by Chris Bull, LGA Associate as “this programme is important in saving lives”. My take home message from those attending the event was that PHE needs to demonstrate that it has heard what support is required nationally, and as one of you put in your evaluation forms “now get on and deliver what we need”. One of the key behaviours you can expect of PHE is that we will keep our promises, large or small and I promise we will act upon what we heard, including difficult areas such as data transfer.
During the Learning Network, I shared the 10 key actions which have come from the PHE NHS Health Check Implementation Review. There is a specific section of this e-Bulletin containing more information for those of you who did not attend the meeting and I would encourage you to review these and take this opportunity to provide us with your comments on our current priority areas.
Finally, I am really looking forward to meeting more of you involved in this key public health programme as I continue to spend time with local teams over the coming months. I would also like to thank you for your continued efforts in establishing and delivering what is a world leading public health programme which I know you and I are very proud to be leading.