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Advancing our health: prevention in 2020s

The green paper announces that the coming decade will be a period of proactive, predictive, and personalised prevention that will require a new prevention model. At the core of this model is intelligent public health, which capitalises on the use of data held and collected by NHS allowing everyone access to their health information as well as more personalised health interventions.

The vision for prevention in the 2020s is one of participatory, rather than passive, health, where people are challenged and enabled with the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to lead healthy lives. Ultimately, the paper argues that health is a shared responsibility, just as much as it is an opportunity.

Focusing on healthy life spans instead of life expectancy recognises that causes of death (cancer, heart disease and stroke) may not thoroughly capture the reasons behind people’s ill health (joint, bone and muscle problems, depression and anxiety, long term conditions) and further sheds light on disproportionate effects of deprivation. The report, consequently, is organised along the factors that shape our health outcomes: services we receive, the choices we make, conditions in which we live, and our genes.

Questions

1. From life span to healthspan

1.1 Which health and social care policies should be reviewed to improve the health of people living in poorer communities, or excluded groups?

2. Intelligent health checks

2.1 Do you have any ideas for how the NHS Health Checks programme could be improved?

3. Taking care of our mental health

3.1 There are many factors affecting people’s mental health. How can we support the things that are good for mental health and prevent the things that are bad for mental health, in addition to the mental health actions in the green paper?

3.2 Have you got examples or ideas about using technology to prevent mental ill-health, and promote good mental health and wellbeing?

4. Sleep

4.1 We recognise that sleep deprivation (not getting enough sleep) is bad for your health in several ways. What would help people get 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night?

5. Prevention in the NHS

5.1 Have you got examples or ideas for services or advice that could be delivered by community pharmacies to promote health?

6. Children’s oral health

6.1 What should the role of water companies be in water fluoridation schemes?

7. Musculoskeletal conditions

7.1 What would you like to see included in a call for evidence on musculoskeletal (MSK) health?

8. Creating healthy spaces

8.1 What could the government do to help people live more healthily:

8.1.1 In homes and neighbourhoods?

8.1.2 When going somewhere?

8.1.3 In workplaces?

8.1.4 In communities?

9. Active ageing

9.1 What is your priority for making England the best country in the world to grow old in,

The Institution of Engineering and Technology Trustees propose submitting a response to this consultation and invite comments from Members who have expertise in this area and have studied the consultation documents. In its capacity as a professional body, the IET will confine itself to only addressing those questions that are within its area(s) of competence.

For more information and a summary of the questions, please refer to the consultation document.

Please respond no later than 30th September 2019 to Nury Moreira with “Open Consultation: Advancing our Health: Prevention in the 2020’s” in the subject header.