What works

April 10, 2017 in Blog

A fundamental part of public health practice is that we base our decisions on evidence. But getting the evidence we need for the day-to-day challenges we face is less easy.
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Happy New Year

January 9, 2017 in Blog

I read on twitter a few weeks ago that those looking forward to the end of 2016 clearly hadn’t thought through what was in store in 2017. Last Friday, the
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What do you learn in 160 years?

October 24, 2016 in Blog

The Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) and the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) had a birthday party this week. 160 years ago saw the formation of the
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The bigger picture

June 9, 2016 in Blog

The job of a DPH can be so full on that it can be hard to create the space to think strategically, compare notes with colleagues and get a sense
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Get out more!

November 10, 2015 in Blog

Reflections on the ADPH Annual Conference 2015 As things get busy and finances more difficult, it can be hard to avoid becoming inward looking. But perversely these are the very
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Public health: devolution, evolution or revolution?

October 6, 2015 in Blog

Devolution is certainly the flavour of the month. It has brought new vocabulary such as DevoManc or, my personal favourite, DevoScouse. It even got David Cameron into hot water when
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Rhetoric and reality?

August 1, 2015 in Blog

I never imagined that my first official duty as ADPH President would be a call to the Director General at the Department of Health about the £200m cut to the
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