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PHE / ADPH Summary Report: Development Needs of Recently Appointed Directors of Public Health

June 12, 2018 in Publications by admin

Working in partnership with Public Health England, ADPH has produced the report below on the experience of newly appointed DsPH.

As strengthening the pipeline for Directors is one of our organisational priorities, this report gives some valuable insight into the aspirations and frustrations that new DsPH experience. There is a great deal of good work that the report identifies.

The report gives helpful insight into areas where DsPH can be supported:

• For a significant number, the route to becoming a Director was through an interim or acting capacity. Therefore, support in the early period after appointment is critical.

• DsPH are the ambassadors for Public Health in local government. Several reflected that they needed more help to step into working at multi-discipline board level.

• The role of networks to support DsPH was reported to be invaluable. Much good work goes on, but provision of formal and informal networks is geographically variable and offers an opportunity to develop further.

365 KBPHE ADPH – Development Needs of Recently Appointed DsPH
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ADPH Policy Positions – A Life Course Approach to Public Health

May 18, 2018 in ADPH Updates, Children, Young People and Familes, Healthy Ageing, Policies, Policy Statements, Publications, Work & Health by admin

In May 2018, ADPH launched a series of policy position statements setting out a life course approach to public health. The statements explore health and wellbeing at key life stages and cover best start in life, living and working well, healthy ageing, and health inequality.

Our policy position statements help to drive our policy work forward and push for our members’ recommendations in all the policy work that we do.

All ADPH policy position statements are briefly reviewed annually with a full review taking place every three years. The most recent review of this suite of statements was in May 2019.

304 KBADPH Position Statement – Best Start in Life (May 2019) 321 KBADPH Position Statement – Living and Working Well (May 2019) 308 KBADPH Position Statement – Healthy Ageing (2019) 267 KBADPH Position Statement – Health Inequalities (May 2019)

If you would like to discuss anything in these documents please do contact the ADPH Policy Team by emailing

All of our policy positions are hosted permanently here.

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ADPH Impact Report – Summary

April 5, 2018 in ADPH Updates, Publications by admin


In summer 2017 ADPH commissioned Shared Intelligence to carry out research into the impact of the Association and to recommend ways in which its impact could be increased. You may view here some key notes of the main findings. ADPH have taken this feedback on board and are working towards implementation of an action plan to address these points.

The review focussed on assessing the ADPH’s impact in these three areas:

  • supporting DsPH in their role;
  • influencing the framework and context within which DsPH operate;
  • and influencing policy nationally on public health and health and wellbeing more widely.

The report is based on three sources of evidence: an online survey of DsPH in the membership of ADPH (61 responses were received); interviews with 12 senior stakeholders; and interview with 30 DsPH. An overview of the report was presented to the ADPH Board and at the ADPH Annual Conference in November and the final report also draws on these discussions.


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ADPH Sector-Led Improvement self-audit tool

March 22, 2018 in ADPH Updates, Publications, Sector Led Improvement by admin

ADPH is pleased to launch an SLI self-audit tool.

The tool is meant for the regional SLI leads, Network Chairs and Network Coordinators to help them assess their local SLI programme. The purpose of this self-audit tool is to help the SLI leads recognize network’s strengths and identify the areas of practice where there may be an opportunity to develop in the next phase. The tool can be used as part of a reflective conversation at one of the network meetings.

Local SLI programmes should provide confidence to both internal and external stakeholders and to the public as well as demonstrate continuous improvement to PH practice. In this way it will improve health outcomes and avoid top down inspection regimes. It should therefore provide demonstrable evaluation, challenge and measurement of improvement not merely increased learning and knowledge.


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Promoting the Role of the Director of Public Health as a System Leader

February 9, 2018 in Events, Masterclasses and workshops, Publications by admin

At the end of last year, in collaboration with the Health Foundation ADPH organised a workhop for key ADPH stakeholders to explore possible approaches to promoting the role of the DPH as a system leader. 

The half-day workshop was held at The Health Foundation and was facilitated by Gill Burt. A detailed report can now be accessed here.


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ADPH Publication: Guidance for DsPH in a Major Incident

January 25, 2018 in ADPH Updates, Policies, Publications by admin

Please find attached two documents for DsPH in the event of a major incident: a ‘checklist’ with potential actions and some guidance on mutual aid. These resources were created by an ADPH task-and-finish group. Please contact the Policy Team if you have any questions about these resources.

451 KBMajor Incidents Checklist for Directors of Public Health 457 KBMutual Aid Guidance for Directors of Public Health
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APPH, PHE and LGA Briefing – Making Obesity Everybody’s Business: A Whole Systems Approach to Obesity

December 20, 2017 in ADPH Updates, Obesity, nutrition and physical activity, Policies, Publications by admin

Please find attached a briefing from ADPH, LGA and PHE focusing on the Whole Systems Obesity programme, which will provide local authorities with a different approach to tackling obesity.

508 KBMaking Obesity Everybody’s Business
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ADPH & NCVO Publication: Guide to Commissioning Arts & Cultural Providers for Better Health and Wellbeing

September 8, 2017 in ADPH Updates, Policies, Publications by admin

Please see below a guide for commissioners of health and wellbeing services on partnering with the arts and cultural sector to deliver better outcomes.  It draws on learning from the National Council for Voluntary Organisation’s Cultural Commissioning Programme, which worked with Kent County Council and NHS Gloucestershire CCG to enable innovative partnerships and whole person approaches, reducing the need for costly interventions further down the line.  It includes practical guidance and case studies, covering aspects of physical health, mental health and wellbeing.

It has been produced by NCVO in collaboration with the Association of Directors of Public Health.

2 MBGuide to commissioning arts & culture for health & wellbeing – August 2017
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Joint Briefing on the Healthcare Public Health Advice Service to Clinical Commissioning Groups (Core Offer)

August 30, 2017 in ADPH Updates, Health and Social Care Services, Publications by admin

Please find attached a new joint briefing from ADPH, PHE and FPH setting out a framework to help local authorities and CCGs review existing and develop future models for healthcare public health advice services, along with a statement from ADPH regarding the publication.

379 KBADPH statement on the Healthcare Public Heath Advice Service to CCGs214 KBHealthcare Advice Service Briefing

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ADPH English System Survey 2017 Summary Report

August 11, 2017 in ADPH Updates, Publications by admin

Summary results from the ADPH English Public Health System Survey 2017.

415 KBADPH System Survey 2017 – summary report Final