Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s - open consultation
10 September 2019
The Cabinet Office and Department of Health and Social Care are seeking views on proposals to help people live healthier, happier lives for longer.
Healthy London Partnership has undertaken a helpful analysis to summarise the proposals to support responses from partners and colleagues:
The Department for Health and Social Care green paper announces that the coming decade will be a period of proactive, predictive, and personalised prevention that will require a new prevention model. At the core of this model is intelligent public health, which capitalises on the use of data held and collected by NHS allowing everyone access to their health information as well as more personalised health interventions.
The vision for prevention in the 2020s is one of participatory, rather than passive, health, where people are challenged and enabled with the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to lead healthy lives. Ultimately, the paper argues that health is a shared responsibility, just as much as it is an opportunity.
Focusing on healthy life spans instead of life expectancy recognises that causes of death (cancer, heart disease and stroke) may not thoroughly capture the reasons behind people’s ill health (joint, bone and muscle problems, depression and anxiety, long term conditions) and further sheds light on disproportionate effects of deprivation. The report, consequently, is organised along the factors that shape our health outcomes: services we receive, choices we make, conditions in which we live, and our genes.
Consultation closing date: 14 October 2019