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Public health in local government: healthy lives out of austerity

Park House, Southfield Room, University of Birmingham
Lectures Talks and Workshops, Social Sciences
Thursday 11th February 2016 (09:45-16:30)
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Organisers: James Brackley and Professor Penelope Tuck (Birmingham Business School) and Professor Mark Exworthy (HSMC)

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Since the transfer of public health responsibilities to local authorities in 2013, public health professionals have had to find their feet and find their voice in embedding the ethos of public health into a new and very different institutional environment.

This day of workshops and discussions brings together public health practitioners, policy makers, consultants from the private sector, and academics to investigate the challenging futures of public health as statutory ring fencing of grant monies is removed, from April 2016, and austerity continues to bite across council services.

From political and professional accountability to financial sustainability and value for money, to getting more for less by integrating public health into more traditional council functions; we will explore what has worked, what could work, and what definitely won't work in the current system of Public Health at the local and national level.


  • 10.00-10.10  Introduction: James Brackley, Professor Penelope Tuck & Professor Simon Collinson, Birmingham Business School.
  • 10:10-10:40 Speaker 1: Peymane Adab, Professor of Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Institute of Applied Health Research, University of Birmingham.
  • 10:40-11:10 Speaker 2: James Brackley, Lecturer in Accounting, & Penelope Tuck Professor of Accounting, Finance and Public Policy, Birmingham Business School.
  • 11:10-11:30 Coffee
  • 11:30-12:00 Speaker 3: James Nicholls, Head of Public Sector Consulting, BDO.
  • 12:00-12:30 Speaker 4: Dr. Alisha Davies, Senior Research Analyst, Nuffield Trust, London.
  • 12:30-13:00 Q&A panel discussion.
  • 13:00-14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00-15:00 Group session.
  • 15:00-15:20 Tea/coffee
  • 15:20-15:50 Speaker 5: Katherine Hewitt, Chief Executive, Gateway Family Services.
  • 15:50-16:30 Keynote speaker: Richard Gleave, Chief Operating Officer, Public Health England.
  • 16:30 Wrap up

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