ADPH Annual Conference 2019

February 22, 2019 in Events, Headline Events by Teresa Grandi

Leading into the Future: the role of the Director of Public Health

22nd November 2019
Oval Kennington, London SE11 5SS

With over 130 delegates in attendance, the 2019 ADPH Annual Conference comprised a varied and dynamic programme of interactive sessions and keynotes from leaders in the field exploring different perspectives on this year’s theme “Leading into the future: the role of the Director of Public Health”.

Morning Session

Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy (ADPH Vice President and DPH Tameside) opened the day with some reflections as she approaches the halfway mark of her three-year Presidency term. Click here to read the transcript of her speech. 

Shaping Healthy Places

The morning session sought to explore what a healthy place looks like in the 21st century, and what the role of the Director of Public Health should be in shaping healthy places. Delegates heard keynotes from David Rudlin (Director at Urbed), Marcus Morrell (Foresight Lead, UKIMEA Region at Arup) and Dr Oliver Jones (Director of Architecture and Built Environment, Design Council) and participated in the subsequent panel discussion chaired by Prof. Jim McManus (ADPH Vice-President and DPH Hertfordshire).

Afternoon session

Responsible Leadership: DPH Perspective

The afternoon opened up with a panel discussion exploring the future of wider partnership work with a focus on the changing role of the Director of Public Health. Adam Grodecki (Founder and CEO at Forward Institute) provided an introduction to the work of the Forward Institute and its approach to fostering responsible leadership. Alice Wiseman (DPH Gateshead), Sarah Scott (DPH Gloucestershire), Dr Louise Smith (DPH Norfolk) and Dr Sandra Husband (DPH City of London and Hackney) contributed to the discussion with commentaries on what responsible leadership meant to them and their thoughts of leadership programmes they had participated in that helped them to take their journey forward.

Preparing for the future: the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act

The last session from the day welcomed Jyoti Atri (Interim Director of Health and Wellbeing, Public Health Wales) who provided an introduction to the Welsh public health context and the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act. She was joined by Ruth Tennant (ADPH Honorary Secretary – Infrastructure and DPH Solihull) and Sarah Price (Director for Population Health and Commissioning, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership) who offered their thoughts on how the learning from the Welsh experience could be applied to the English context.

The conference provided plenty of opportunities for discussion and networking with colleagues on topics related to the sessions, as well as key public health issues such as the public health approach to violence, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Integrated Care Systems.

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