The government has recently released details on its proposals to reform the public health system in England to ensure it is fit for purpose to meet future challenges. The Transforming the Public Health System Policy Paper sets out the following structural changes:
- Establishing a new UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) which brings together the health protection capabilities of Public Health England (PHE) and NHS Test and Trace.
- Transferring the health improvement, prevention and healthcare public health functions of PHE to a new Office for Health Promotion (OHP) under the professional leadership of the Chief Medical Officer.
- Strengthening NHS’s role in prevention and population health. At a local level this will be driven by Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) as set out in the White Paper on health and care.
The attached briefing paper provides further details on the proposals.
Further announcements are expected over the coming months as the current PHE functions are transferred to the new organisations. To help inform and shape the next steps DHSC are asking for comments and feedback on a series of questions (appendix A in briefing paper) by 26 April 2021.
We would like to submit a Lincolnshire system response to the consultation, which the Public Health Division will coordinate. To help collate the response, a feedback response form is also attached. Please can you send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.