Public Health Landscape in England
On 1 April 2013 the statutory reforms outlined in the Health and Social Care Bill finally came into full effect. Six months on, it’s clear that these changes fundamentally altered the way in which the healthcare system operates and for the first time guaranteed that public health funding will be ring-fenced. A strong focus on prevention, early intervention and behavioural change is necessary to stem the growing financial and societal costs associated with the increase in lifestyle related chronic conditions. It is critical that we adopt a preventative strategy in order to ensure that the NHS remains free at the point of use for future generations.
This guidance has been jointly published by ukactive and the Sport and Recreation Alliance to ensure that our members are fully informed about the structures which form the public health landscape. The paper marks the beginning of a broad partnership between our two organisations which we hope will help us achieve our shared objective of increasing participation in activity and sport with the ultimate aim of improving the health and wellbeing of communities across the country.