Public Health England head addresses health inequalities

The links between child safety and action on health inequalities have been underlined by Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive Designate of Public Health England.

During a visit to Gloucestershire, Selbie saw at first hand how the local authority, clinical commissioners, police, fire and rescue and voluntary organisations were working together to provide a range of community services. His visit included the opportunity to see the new SkillZONE, a purpose-built safety education centre which gives children and adults the chance to learn about road, fire and personal safety.

CAPT was involved in the early stages of planning for the new Gloucester interactive safety centre and you can read our original case study.

Reflecting on his Gloucestershire visit Selbie commented: “What is being done here brings people and communities together. Focusing on the poorest… is the only way we can truly address health inequalities and give everyone, especially the youngest, the chance to be the best they can be”.

Read Duncan Selbie’s article on working with the voluntary and community sector on the Department of Health (DH) website:

New publications on inequalities and poverty

The Government has launched a consultation on measuring child poverty, which focuses on addressing child poverty by using a range of measures including deprivation, poor housing, parental skills and family stability.

Measuring Child Poverty: A Consultation on Better Measures of Child Poverty is open until 15 February 2013.

The latest NICE Public Health Briefing on health inequalities and population health sets out what local authorities can achieve by tackling health inequalities. It highlights the benefits of tackling inequalities ranging from reducing premature deaths and cutting local public service costs, to driving improvement and creating happier, healthier communities.

The briefing summarises NICE’s recommendations for local authorities and partner organisations on population health and inequalities, and is particularly relevant to health and wellbeing boards.

Updated November 2012