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Public Health: Prevention in Practice

  • Thursday, 24 November 2016
  • Pendulum Hotel & Manchester Conference Centre
  • 08:30 - 17:00
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  • Overview

Open Forum Events are pleased to invite you to the Public Health: Prevention in Practice conference. This event is designed to consider the current public health challenges in the UK today and explore the policies and solutions to influence and improve the health of the nation.

Public health is about helping people to stay healthy, protecting them from threats to their health and encouraging them to minimise their risk to conditions and the impact of illness. Over history there have been significant public health initiatives that have sought to and have achieved major success, however, as is the norm, just as one solution has been sought another problem emerges.

Today there are still many challenges to overcome. Smoking remains the leading behavioural cause of premature death and of health inequalities in the UK. Alcohol and drug abuse are also major issues, whilst the obesity ‘epidemic’ seems to show no significant sign of reversal. The extended period of austerity has brought its own problems with poverty, especially food poverty, being of major concern compounding health inequalities throughout the UK. The emerging but urgent matter of Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) is now a new contender as a major threat to public health.

Join us at Public Health: Prevention in Practice where all the evidence will be reviewed, digested and discussed. A line up of expert speakers will highlight the main issues facing population health, consequences and possible solutions. The efficacy of the very latest initiatives and an insight as to what more can be done will be debated and opinions shared. The conference offers delegates the optimum platform for knowledge sharing, interactive conversation and peer networking.

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Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area


Chair’s Opening Address

  • Wendy Meredith, Director of Population Health Transformation, Greater Manchester Health & Care Devolution (confirmed)

Keynote Address

  • Dr Raymond Jankowski, National Lead for Healthcare, Public Health, Public Health England (confirmed)
"Achieving Better Outcomes by 2020"

The Public Health England (PHE) Strategic Plan sets out how the organisation intends to protect and improve the public’s health and reduce inequalities over the next 4 years. How can these aims be achieved and core functions delivered?

  • Dr Ivan Gee, ‎Senior Lecturer in Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University (confirmed)
"What does the Evidence Say?"

 How is the latest research helping to shape health service design and delivery and influencing public health policy in areas such as tobacco.


Sharing Best Practice

"Being Well Salford: Coaching for Better Health & Wellbeing"

Being Well Salford, provides a team of coaches, who work with individuals for up to 12 months on a one-to-one or group basis to make positive changes in terms of mood, weight, being active and smoking or alcohol intake


Question and Answer Session


Coffee in the Networking Area

  • Phil Veasey, Public Health, Community Engagement and Young People Portfolio Holder , The Community Well Ltd (confirmed)
"A People and Community Centred Approach to Prevention"

 e are beginning to see a trend in public health tenders that is driven by the need to simplify communication with residents. Phil will brief the audience about aspirations for ‘One You Walsall’ – highlighting why this sort of tender is absolutely the best way to engage residents, and what the key considerations are in delivering this type of contract.

"Better Housing, Better Health"

Better Housing, Better Health is a pilot health and housing referral scheme provided by the National Energy Foundation in partnership with 11 local authorities across Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group. The scheme aims to contribute towards the local implementation of the NICE guidelines on the health risks associated with cold homes (NG6) and reduce pressure on health services by making homes warmer and healthier places to live. 

"The Use of Planning Powers and Development to Create Healthy Communities"

Local authority planners have a key role in creating places that enable people to stay healthy by working closely with public health practitioners, built and natural environment professionals, elected members and communities.

  • Louise Robbins, Development Manager (Physical Activity) GreaterSport, Greater Manchester Sports Partnership (confirmed)
"Raising the Profile of Physical Activity"

Developing a physical activity and sport strategy for Greater Manchester.


Question and Answer Session


Lunch in the Networking Area


Chair’s Afternoon Address


Case Study

  • Dr David Reilly, Consultant Physician and Project Director, TheWEL Programme (confirmed)
"TheWEL: Transformative Change, Built On Innate Strengths, Through Activating Self-Sustaining Self-Care"

Over 20 years of development lead to TheWEL’s innovative model emerging in 2004 to engage with the impasse between the failure of the medical “fix-it” model in long term conditions and the rising tide of these epidemics. Over the subsequent 10 years thousands of patients and staff have accessed TheWel Programmes, with the subjective and objective evidence showing strikingly positive changes in wellbeing, wellness and self-care


Case Study

  • Tracy Lott, Business Development Manager, Agripa (confirmed)
"Maximising Communication, Minimising Cost"

How the NHS can take advantage of their own vehicles to communicate messages to the public; drive awareness of key healthcare issues and reduce costs.

  • Alex Bax, Chief Executive, Pathway and the Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health (confirmed)
"Tackling Inequalities: Transforming Health Services for Homeless People"

Pathway has developed a simple and successful model of enhanced care co-ordination for homeless people admitted to hospital. The model of integrated care operates within NHS services, bringing together teams of NHS, local authority and voluntary sector professionals to improve healthcare for homeless peopl


Question and Answer Session


Afternoon Coffee Break


Introduction to Panel Debate

  • Dr Paul Sacher, Chief Research and Development Officer, Mytime Active (confirmed)
"Tackling Childhood Obesity"

Nearly a third of children in the UK aged 2–15 are overweight or obese. The risks of developing a range of diseases in the future are overwhelming including hypertension, heart disease, cancer and osteoarthritis, however, most worrying more British children than ever are developing type 2 diabetes, usually only seen in adults over 40. How will the publication of the New Strategy for Childhood Obesity and other initiatives such as the introduction of the sugar tax reverse the current trend.


Panel Members

Wendy Meredith, Director for Population Health Transformation, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership

Dr Paul Sacher, Chief Research and Development Officer, Mytime Active

Jenny Rosborough, Campaign Manager, Action on Sugar Amandine Garde, Professor of Law, University of Liverpool


Chair’s Closing Remarks and Event Close

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