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Working together to reduce health inequalities across the North East

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Background and History

ADPH North East is the regional arm of the Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) in the UK. ADPH North East provides a collaborative network working in partnership with the wider North East Public Health Community to strengthen the voice for public health across the region.

The Association of Directors of Public Health North East (ADPH NE) represents the Directors of Public Health (DsPH) for all 12 Local Authorities in the North East. ADPH North East work collaboratively as part of a wider public health community and actively welcome representation from partner organisations including the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID), the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and the NHS, through the ADPH North East Public Health Network.

All substantive local authority DsPH confirmed in post are invited to be members of ADPH North East, as well as those DsPH that are interim on a long-term basis.

Who we are
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We are a collaborative network working in partnership with others to lead, collaborate and advocate for the health of the population, providing system leadership for its improvement and protection and to reduce health inequalities across the North East.

We do this by:

  • Providing a support network to share innovation, expertise, and good practice
  • Working together to have greater regional and national impact than we can as individuals
  • Providing a coherent expert professional voice on public health issues across the North East
  • Taking collective responsibility for the continual improvement of local public health outcomes through sector led improvement
What we do

Purpose of the Network

Through multi-agency partnerships and utilising support/expertise from the wider North East public health community, we work together on a shared approach to:

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Principles for Collaboration

The following principles will be used to determine where ADPH North East will prioritise collaborative effort:


  • On improving North East population health
  • On reducing health inequalities across the North East
  • On achieving better value for money

Added value through a regional approach

  • Complements existing work e.g., other collaborative work undertaken by the public Health community
  • Ability to leverage greater benefits or influence than by working independently
  • Avoids duplications and /or tackles shared challenges


  • Optimal timing of joint effort considering policy and political context

These principles will be considered alongside other key factors such as capability and capacity to deliver, affordability, return on investment, evidence of best practice and achievability.

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