Finance Masterclass: influencing budget decisions within local authorities

November 14, 2019 in Events, Masterclasses and workshops by Teresa Grandi

14th November 2019

Wellington House, London SE1 8UG

Though primarily aimed at new/interim/acting DsPH, this workshop was open to any member who felt they could benefit from support in this area. The objective of the day was to broaden knowledge around financial processes within LAs, so as to support confidence in leading challenging conversations around this topic.

The masterclass focused on the following key areas:

  • An overview of how LA finances work and what a good budget making process looks like.
  • The priorities of an LA Director of Finance and how best to collaborate with them.
  • Negotiation skills/strategies for influencing budget distribution and embedding the PH agenda in other budgets.

Please contact Lucia for any questions

New in Post DsPH Workshop

July 24, 2019 in Events, Masterclasses and workshops by Teresa Grandi

3rd October 2019, central London

The workshop for new DsPH which took place in early October was well received by attendees.

The day, chaired by ADPH Vice-President Prof Jim McManus, featured an informative presentation from the CEO of Barnet, John Hooton; a very well-received session on Leadership Style from ADPH Membership Secretary, Rupert Suckling; as well as ADPH Council member Tracy Daszkiewicz’s highly valued reflections on a day in the life of a DPH.

Click here to view the agenda

Attendees found the opportunities for discussion and networking extremely useful and described the event as ‘reassuring, supportive and energising.’

The evaluation summary of the event can be viewed here.

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.

The event was sponsored by

Other exhibitors included

Annual DPH Workshop and AGM 2019

February 21, 2019 in Events, Headline Events, Masterclasses and workshops by Teresa Grandi

16th May 2019

St Brides Foundation, Central London

The Annual DPH Workshop provided some engaging discussions on key policy issues as well as challenges and opportunities within the wider PH system. The ADPH Annual General Meeting was held on the same day. 

The programme included:

  • Presentations by Niven Rennie, Director of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit and Lib Peck, Director of the London Violence Reduction Unit followed by panel discussions focusing on the PH approach to violence
  • Table discussions – on specific PH policy topics as well as the wider PH system
  • Annual Report Competition results – overview of submissions and announcement of this year’s winner
  • Sharing practice on measuring impact – examples and presentations from Networks
  • Networking opportunities

Click here to view the evaluations’ summary. Further material, including speaker presentations, is also available to view on eForums

Please contact Teresa Grandi for any queries.

Immersive Workshop: Integrated Care Systems

February 20, 2019 in Events, Masterclasses and workshops by Teresa Grandi

Monday 29th April, St Brides Foundation, central London

The Immersive Workshop on Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) offered delegates a chance to discuss key issues around ICSs and Population Health Management (PHM) and map common areas and challenges. The day comprised presentations by external speakers and DsPH/CsPH with ICSs experience as well as opportunities to network and discuss key issues around the topic. The material is available to download below.

Presentation by Alex Baylis (Acting Director of Policy, The King’s Fund)

589 KBContextualising ICSs: perspective from the King’s Fund

Presentation by Bob Ricketts (Director of System Support, NHS England)

1 MBContextualising ICSs: perspectives from NHS England

Presentation by Helen Atkinson (Executive Director of Public Health and Wider Determinants of Health, Surrey County Council and ADPH Honorary Secretary- Infrastructure)

2 MBThe role of DsPH within the context of ICSs

Presentation by Nicky Cleave (Assistant Director of Public Health, Dorset & part-time GP)

1 MBICSs and PHM in context: local perspectives

Contact Teresa for any queries.

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LGA/ADPH Annual Public Health Conference and Exhibition 2019

February 20, 2019 in ADPH Updates, Events, Headline Events by admin

Supporting resilient communities: helping people to feel good and function well

Victoria Park Plaza, London, SW1V 1EQ
Thursday 21st March 2019

Our annual flagship conference on public health explored and built on the challenging, innovative work being undertaken by local authorities, their partners and communities as they continue to make progress on improving the nation’s wellbeing and tackling health inequalities.

This year’s conference focused on developing and supporting resilient, healthy communities. We heard from expert speakers, councils and partners on key local and national strategies for promoting health and wellbeing and strengthening resilience to health problems.

Speakers included:

  • Steve Brine MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Public Health and Primary Care
  • Jim McManus, Vice-President, ADPH and Director of Public Health, Hertfordshire County Council
  • Ruth Sutherland, Chief Executive, The Samaritans
  • Nathan Dennis, Director and Community Engagement Consultant, First Class Legacy
  • Rob Trimble, Chief Executive, Bromley by Bow Centre
  • Professor Dame Sue Bailey, Consultant Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatrist and Professor of Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Diane Lee, Head of Public Health, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Andy Bell, Deputy Chief Executive, Centre for Mental Health
  • Professor Jane South, Professor of Healthy Communities, Leeds Beckett University
  • Jude Stansfield, National Adviser – Public Mental Health and Healthy Communities, Public Health England
  • Deborah Harkins, Director of Public Health, Dudley Council
  • Bev Taylor, Social Prescribing Development Manager, NHS England
  • Professor Sian Griffiths OBE, Deputy Chair, Gamble Aware and Associate Non-Executive Board Member, Public Health England
  • Professor Jane South, Professor of Healthy Communities, Leeds Beckett University
  • Cllr Ian Hudspeth, LGA Community Wellbeing Board and Leader, Oxfordshire County Council

Visit the LGA website for further details.

Immersive Workshop: Expanded Portfolios

February 19, 2019 in ADPH Updates, Events, Masterclasses and workshops by Teresa Grandi

Tuesday 5th March 2019, St Brides Foundation

The workshop provided an opportunity to network with and learn from other DsPH with expanded portfolios that have taken on a wide range of responsibilities, from environmental health to road safety; leisure services to licensing.

Masterclass: Local Government Law and Practice

February 15, 2019 in Events, Masterclasses and workshops by Teresa Grandi

Local Government Law and Practice: The Survival Guide for Directors of Public Health
Wednesday 19th June
Fleet Place House, 2 Fleet Place, London, EC4M 7RF

This workshop will be delivered by Bevan Brittan LLP, and it will cover key legal issues in local government including procurement, consultation and general powers, the powers and duties of elected members and officers.


To survive and be effective at senior level in local government you need to understand some key legal issues as they work in this sector, including procurement, consultation and general powers, the powers and duties of elected members and officers. This seminar will equip you with that essential knowledge. Feedback from previous sessions is this knowledge is valuable for Directors, Consultants and Assistant Directors in Public Health.


A day where you will work with two very experienced senior lawyers: a partner of a major law firm with extensive local government experience and a practising long experienced council lawyer. Interactive sessions, with a detailed resource pack and ample time for your questions and issues are built into the day.

Space for this event is limited. DsPH should contact Teresa for further details and to register.

Training Session: Developing as a Mentor with ADPH

February 14, 2019 in Events, Masterclasses and workshops by Teresa Grandi

Developing as a Mentor with ADPH

Training session for current and future Mentors

9th October, Bristol

This one-day training sessions is suitable for aspiring as well as established ADPH Mentors. It aims to help new Mentors understand how the ADPH mentoring scheme operates and to give more experienced Mentors, who are expected to attend a refresher session once a year, additional techniques and an opportunity to share experiences or discuss challenges with our expert mentoring trainer

The session will take place in Bristol on the 9th of October. New Mentors will be invited to arrive at 9:30 am and experienced Mentors at 11:00am. Full ADPH members, with over one and a half years of experience in a substantive DPH role, are eligible to attend.  

To sign-up to this training session, or if you are unable to attend but are still interested in becoming an ADPH Mentor, please contact Lucia.

ADPH/LGA Conference – Healthy weight, healthy future: making childhood obesity everybody’s business

February 14, 2019 in Events by Teresa Grandi

Wednesday 17th July, central London

Organised jointly by the Local Government Association and the Association of Directors of Public Health, this conference will consider proposals outlined in the second chapter of the Government’s Childhood obesity plan for action and the position of local authorities as leaders of a whole systems approach to tackling childhood obesity.

Keynote speakers, expert panels and workshops will address questions such as:
  • How are councils helping schools to deliver the healthy weight agenda?
  • How to develop planning strategies to which prioritise local healthy food environments and protect green space?
  • Where should the soft drinks levy be spent to achieve maximum impact on children’s health?

This event will also be one of the first opportunities to hear from councils on the Trailblazer programme about the progress made so far, with a particular focus on the targeting inequalities.  

Click here to register, and contact Teresa for any queries.