The report vision for population health, brought to our attention by colleague, Dr David Evans of Bangor University.
The King’s Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and care in England.
Although things are slightly different here in Wales, we agree broadly with the content of the report.
Over the past 100 years, in common with other developed countries, England has made a great escape from poor health and short life expectancy.
This has been due to improvements in sanitation, medicines and health care, underpinned by economic growth, improved living standards and the establishment of the welfare state.
Life expectancy has improved and, although inequalities in health have been ever-present, as a population we are healthier than ever before.
You can read the full vision for population health report below.A-vision-for-population-health-online-version
At Artisans Collective we are currently working on a new 5 year strategy. A lot of what is talked about is integral to our plans for the future.
Including Community Groups such as Prestatyn Mens Shed, Prestatyn Dementia Community, Morfa Gateway Project, and also including all of our creative and Health and Wellbeing activities.
The biggest challenge is how it will be funded. As mentioned in the report.
Funding and funding mechanisms
Political attention tends to focus on the NHS, with funding following accordingly.
In contrast, short-sighted cuts to the public health grant mean that local authority spending per head on key prevention services is on track to fall by almost a quarter in real terms between 2014/15 and 2019/20.
We need to rebalance resources between the four pillars in our framework. Starting with the restoration and protection of public health funding.
The government can also play a strong role in supporting people to live healthier lives through tax and regulation. As shown by the impact of the Soft Drinks Industry Levy.