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Healthy Cities 21st Century

Public Health Leadership for Health and Health Equity Training Programme 2010/2011

The Public Health Leadership for Health and Health Equity, Training Programme was presented in 2010/2011. Please click on the speakers name to access their PowerPoint presentation.

Lecture 1: Health & Health Equity in All Local Policies: Reality or Aspiration

This lecture focused on experience of a Health in All Policies approach in South Australia, which is broadly similar in population structure and size as Northern Ireland

Danny Broderick: The Health in All Policies approach in South Australia, Government of South Australia in Adelaide.

Lecture 2: Leadership for Health Equity: Organisational Change

The second lecture in the series focused on inequalities in health, including evidence on the current position and effective interventions. It also looked at leadership required to achieve greater health equity.

Dr Jessica Allen, Project Director for the Marmot review at University College London outlined key findings and recommendations from the Marmot review, including recommended policy directions and actions

Dr Mark Petticrew, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine discussed evaluation of interventions and what is currently known about effective interventions

Chris Long, Chief Executive of Hull Primary Care Trust, provided examples of leadership and new approaches to tackling health inequalities and problems

Marie Mallon, Human Resources Director of Belfast HSC Trust, outlined the approach to health sector reform in Belfast and focused on an initiative aimed at supporting low skilled people gain employment and progress in the health service

Lecture 3: Achieving Health Equity: Intersectoral Action

This lecture explored the role of intersectoral action in tackling inequalities in health. Participants heard success stories from Norway and a number of 'Readiness tools' were presented to help organisations plan local commissioning priorities and assess the effectiveness of inter-agency partnership working.

Eddie Rooney, Chief Executive of the Public Health Agency outlined joint working arrangements for Northern Ireland, and the opportunities and challenges through intersectoral action.

Tone Torgersen, Senior Advisor with the Norwegian Directorate of Health and Social Affairs, presented the Norwegian experience of developing a strategy for tackling inequalities in health, which was based on intersectoral action on the wider determinants of health.

Janet Crampton, National Programme Manager for the Department of Health Care Networks, discussed issues relating to partnership working.

Lecture 4: Community Planning For Health

Community planning is an opportunity to ensure health improvement and health equity is embedded within local government actions. This lecture examined tools that will enhance organisations' capacity to deliver on this agenda, and also provided practical examples of how health outcomes have been integrated into community planning.

Councillor Stephen Nicholl, Antrim Borough Council gave his view on the opportunities and challenges that introducing community planning will bring.

Della Thomas, NHS Health Scotland, outlined the health outcomes of community planning in Scotland

Beverlea Frowen, Welsh Local Government Association, outlined her experiences of integrating health into community planning

Sharon McNicholl, Belfast City Council, presented preparations for community planning in Belfast

Lecture 5: Community Engagement: Measuring Effectiveness

Engaging with people and communities is essential to achieve policies and actions that strengthen equity in health in a sustainable way. While the importance of engagement is now often recognised, it is often difficult to assess what works most effectively. This lecture explored what constitutes effective engagement, how it can be done and how it can be measured.

Barbara McCabe from Queen’s University of Belfast introduced different elements and types of community engagement and emphasised the importance of choosing appropriate methods.

Joanne Morgan from Community Development and Health Network presented two tools developed by the Network, the Engagement  Toolkit for Commissioners and Community Development Performance Management Framework and gave examples of how the tools can be used across sectors.

Norman Morrow, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer at the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety outlined how the successful Building the Community-Pharmacy Partnership project has contributed to tackling inequalities in health.

Michelle Tennyson and Martin Quinn from the Public Health Agency completed the day by presenting the Personal and Public Involvement approach and how its effectiveness has been measured.

Lecture 6: Social marketing: an approach to tackling health inequalities

This event introduced participants to the need to focus more on citizen driven solutions to social problems and how adapting a social marketing mindset can help deliver more effective and efficient programmes.

Professor Jeff French is a recognised global leader in the application of behaviour change and social marketing. He has over thirty years of experience at the interface between government, public, private and NGO sectors and has a broad practical and theoretical understanding of national and international health and social development issues.

Lecture 7: Health Spending Versus Health Outcomes: Do The Benefits Outweigh Cost?

This lecture looked at how effectively funding for health is transformed into improved health outcomes. The lecture focused on introducing programme budgeting, which involves establishing programmes of care with detailed budgets for each, which incorporate spending across provision.

Dr Peter Brambleby, joint Director of Public Health for NHS Croydon and London Borough of Croydon, first gave an analysis of how traditional health care budgeting works, and its potential problems.

Mr John Compton provided an overview of commissioning in Northern Ireland and future challenges related to the economy and demographics.