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March 7, 2024
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When prevention is the real cure

When prevention is the real cure

In 2013, directors of public health (DPHs) in England moved from the NHS to local authorities. This has many advantages in terms of how easily we collaborate with various local government departments and agencies. However, while our colleagues in the rest of the UK and its Crown Dependencies have different reporting lines, their day-to-day practice remains similar to our own: to protect and promote public health.

For example, improving mental health is a fundamental public health issue for everyone, particularly in the aftermath of the pandemic’s restrictions and isolations. Within NHS Highland, which covers the two local authorities of Highland and Argyll and Bute, there has been concern about mental health for many years and work continues to promote the importance of good mental health just like good physical health.

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