ADPH 2018 Annual Conference

December 13, 2018 in Events, Headline Events by Teresa Grandi

Disruptive Leadership

Monday, 3rd December 2018, Woburn House, London

With over 90 delegates in attendance, the ADPH Annual Conference offered thought-provoking discussions and explored different perspectives on this year’s theme ‘Disruptive Leadership’.

Morning Sessions:

Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy opened the day with some reflections on her first 200 days as ADPH President and set out her vision for the Association’s future. Click here to read the full speech.

Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health and Social Care,  followed with a compelling presentations titled “Can Public Health Professionals Change the World?”, in which she outlined her take on on disruptive leadership and offered her reflections on the impact of public health professionals on the wider health landscape.

Dr Ben Marupatthu, Co-Founder of NHS Accelerator and Cera, then offered an insight into the challenges and opportunities offered by the new digital environment with his presentation titled “Redefining Leadership in an Age of Digital Disruption”.

Click here to listen to Ben’s presentation.

The Health Foundation Project Panel Discussion welcomed Dr Dagmar Zeuner, Director of Public Health for the London Borough of Merton, Nicky Hawkins, Communications Strategist at the The FrameWorks Institute and Tim Elwell-Sutton, Assistant Director of Strategic Partnerships (Healthy Lives) at the The Health Foundation. The panel offered a riveting discussion on the impact of framing on public health narrative. 

Click here to view Tim’s presentations slides.

Afternoon Sessions: 

The DPH Panel Perspective, chaired by Rupert Suckling, DPH for Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, welcomed Dominic Harrison, DPH for Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Greg Fell, DPH for Sheffield City Council, Ruth Tennant, DPH forSolihull Metropolitan Borough Council and Helen Atkinson, DPH for Surrey County Council. 

Helen Howson, Director of the Bevan Commission, followed with a fantastic insight into the Bevan Commission and its role in transforming health and care in Wales.

Click here to listen to Helen’s presentation and here to view the slides.

Professor Tim LangProfessor of Food Policy at City University London finished the day with a compelling presentation titled “Food Brexit: the Realities of Disruptive Management”, which gave  an insight into the challenges and opportunities that Brexit presents in regard to food production and distribution and how this will affect local authorities in the UK. 

Click here to view Tim’s presentation slides and follow this link to read Tim’s paper: Why Local Authorities should prepare Food Brexit Plans by T Lang, E Millstone, T Lewis & G McFarlane, November 30, 2018.

Further details on the lessons learned at the conference can be found here. You can also click here to read a summary of the feedback collected after the conference. Please contact Teresa for further details.

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LGA/ADPH annual public health conference and exhibition 2018

December 12, 2017 in Events, Headline Events by admin

Narrowing the health inequalities gap

Our joint LGA/ADPH conference took place on 1 March 2018 and explored the serious health inequalities that still exist within our local communities and how they are being addressed.

Speakers included Steve Brine MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health and Primary Care, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Chair of ukactive and Lord John Bird MBE, Founder of The Big Issue.

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ADPH Policy Workshop and AGM 2018

December 11, 2017 in Events, Headline Events, Masterclasses and workshops by admin

Our annual Policy Workshop and AGM took place on 18 May 2018 in central London.

Programme for the workshop can be viewed here and it included:

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Annual Report Competition results
  • Sharing PH practice
  • Launch of the ADPH position statements

Please note that the policy workshop is open to Full and Affiliate members (DsPH) only. ADPH Associate and Alumni members are welcome to attend the afternoon AGM.

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ADPH Annual Conference 2017

July 5, 2017 in ADPH Updates, Events, Headline Events by admin

The DPH as an Advocate

The 2017 ADPH Annual Conference took place on 29 November at Woburn House in London.

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We heard the following speeches/presentations:

Members can access all resources and presentation slides from the conference here.

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LGA/ADPH Conference: Sexual and reproductive health: building strong relationships meeting local needs

June 23, 2017 in Events, Headline Events by admin

This one day conference provided a timely opportunity to look at some of the key policy developments that will affect sexual and reproductive health over the next few years. It highlighted innovative work being undertaken by councils and their partners, explored key policy developments and discussed how we can build on best practice.

This event was held on Thursday 13 July,  in central London. ADPH President, Dr Andrew Furber co-chaired this event.

Presentations from this event can be found here.

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ADPH Policy Workshop and AGM 2017

May 4, 2017 in Events, Headline Events by admin

The ADPH Policy Workshop and Annual General Meeting took place on 18 May 2017 in central London. Thank you to all those who attended and for your input and support.

Materials from this event are available on eForums.

Dr Andrew Furber, ADPH President and DPH, Wakefield addressing the attendees

Dr Andrew Furber, ADPH President and DPH, Wakefield addressing the attendees


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LGA/ADPH annual public health conference and exhibition 2017

March 4, 2017 in Events, Headline Events by admin

Extending influence to promote health and wellbeing 

Click here to view the presentations from the event.

This event took place on Thursday 9 March 2017, London

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Our joint LGA/ADPH conference on public health explored and built on the challenging, innovative work being undertaken by councils and public health teams with their partners and local communities. Local authorities continue to make progress on improving health and wellbeing and tackling health inequalities since public health was formally transferred from the NHS in April 2013. The synergies between public health and local government are now beginning to pay off. At a time of great financial difficulty, Directors of Public Health are acting as ‘boundary scanners’, bringing together interesting partnerships from different sectors to meet wide-ranging objectives with maximum efficiency and effectiveness. As public health teams become more conversant with the details of local government’s activities, and as council staff develop a greater understanding of their own areas’ impact on health, new partnerships are developing.

The conference explored the continuing impact of the transition for councils, their partners and local communities.

Speakers included Nicola Blackwood MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Innovation and Professor Sir Michael Marmot, Director of the Institute of Health Equity at UCL.

We hope to see you all again at next year’s event.


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ADPH and CMO event 2017

February 7, 2017 in Events, Headline Events by admin

This joint event from the Department of Health and the Association of Directors of Public Health explored the theme of ‘Working with the private sector for public benefit – national and local perspectives’.

We met on Monday 20th February, 10.00-16.00 in central London. Click here to view the agenda.

Thank you to all those who completed the evaluations and providing us with your valuable feedback. The event summary can be found here.

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ADPH Annual Conference 2016

July 18, 2016 in Events, Headline Events by admin

The Right to Health

8th November, central London

The 2016 ADPH Annual Conference took place on 8th November at Woburn House, near Euston station in London. We heard the following presentations:

  • The right to health needs public health; does public health need the right to health? by Professor Paul Hunt, Human Rights Centre, Essex University, former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health;
  • What causes wellness: the social determinants of health by Sir Harry Burns, Professor of Global Public Health at Strathclyde University and former CMO for Scotland;
  • Competing rights implications for future generations by Dr Frank Atherton, CMO of Wales and former Deputy CMO of Health for Canada;
  • The right to health through work by Dr Richard Heron, President, Faculty of Occupational Medicine and Vice President Health and Chief Medical Officer at BP.

Members can access more resources from the conference here.

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ADPH/RSPH 160th anniversary celebration

May 18, 2016 in Events, Headline Events by admin

Now and then: 160 years of championing the public’s health

This event took place on Wednesday 19th October,  London

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2016 saw the the 160th anniversary of the ADPH and RSPH. As both organisations can trace their history back to 1856 – and the formation of the Metropolitan Association of Medical Officers of Health, we held a special event to commemorate our birthday.

Hosted by Phillip Woodward, Chair-elect of RSPH and Andrew Furber, President of ADPH, the celebration included a special lecture from Dr Alex Mold, Senior Lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Deputy Director of the Centre for History in Public Health, who gave an overview of how the public’s health has changed since 1856.

Please see further details in this leaflet.