Blogs2019-05-02T10:45:02+00:00

Population Health: What’s (not) in a name?

Prof. Jim McManus DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC HEALTH Hertfordshire County Council Vice-President, Association of Directors of Public Health UK Population Health as a concept and a title has become the flavour of the month. Up and down the country, there has been an awful lot of talk, the publication of many “think papers” on how it will make the NHS more sustainable (for example here https://www.good-governance.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/GGI_IBM_PHMwhitepaperFinal.pdf ) and a great deal of events, conferences and seminars. And everyone has a varied take on it. The King’s Fund have a take on population health https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/vision-population-health which seeks to include wider determinants.  Other takes are much more focused on the use of data stratification tools for already unwell patient cohorts at local level. All in all, it’s easy to conclude that this feels a bit like some bits of the debate around that other much confused term “wellbeing”: everyone thinks

May 2nd, 2019|

Children’s Mental Health Week

Dr Harriet Edmondson Public Health Registrar The Children’s Mental Health week took place nationally from the 4th-10thFebruary. This was followed shortly afterwards by the Feeling Good Week in Hertfordshire from 11-17thFebruary which aimed to promote emotional wellbeing for children and young people by raising awareness and showing where support can be accessed within the community. The mental health and wellbeing of young people is a key area of work for the public health team in Hertfordshire and these events provide an opportunity to reflect on the work being done. This is an important public health issue: one in four people will experience a mental health problem during their lifetime and over three quarters of mental health problems start before young people reach their early twenties. At public health journal club this month, we discussed a recent paper looking at links between screen time and anxiety and depression

April 2nd, 2019|