Over the years, great strides have been made to improve the overall health of the nation. The implementation of successive public health strategies has improved longevity, however, greater life expectancy does not guarantee a life lived in good health. In the UK, 60% of healthcare funding is spent on cure and rehabilitation, with only 5% invested in prevention. This means that £97bn is being spent on treating diseases, whilst only £8bn is being utilised to prevent them from occurring in the first instance. To address the imbalance, a policy paper has been published to demonstrate the intent of Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, to make prevention a high priority and lay the path for a green paper in 2019.
The Population Health: Prevention is Better than Cure conference will examine in detail how the new prevention agenda may unfold and what it aims to achieve. The event will feature and discuss:
Delegates will have the opportunity to contribute to the prevention agenda by sharing ideas, opinions and aspirations, with the aim to improve population health.
The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
“We have made great progress in improving the health of the nation - helping people to live
longer lives. However, people are spending too many years in poor health, with these
gains in health not felt equally across society. But this is not inevitable; much of ill health
could be prevented. Prevention is crucial to improving the health of the whole population,
and helping secure the health and social care services we all value and rely on. It will also
boost the health of our economy.”
In the new policy paper, the term prevention is defined as-
‘Prevention is about helping people stay healthy, happy and independent for as long as possible. This means reducing the chances of problems from arising in the first place and, when they do, supporting people to manage them as effectively as possible. Prevention is as important at seventy years old as it is at age seven.’
Treating disease is impactful for patients and expensive for the public purse, whereas, prevention strategies deliver a tangible return on investment for citizens, the healthcare system and the economy. The government’s mission is to extend life expectancy, with an ambition for people to enjoy at least five extra years of healthy, independent life. Tackling health inequalities and closing the gap between the richest and the poorest in society, will be significant in achieving these aspirational outcomes.
The new policy paper outlines the case for prevention and urges individuals, local authorities and the NHS to put preventative practices at the core of their activities. Encouraging healthier lifestyle choices, integration of services, applying ‘health in all policies’ and the adoption of technology, for example with predictive prevention, can be instrumental in formulating an impactful strategy. More details on delivering this vision are to be included in a green paper due to be published in the first half of 2019.
This conference will dissect the Prevention is Better than Cure policy paper and look to discuss how the paper can further cement preventative health measures across the board. Delegates will have the opportunity to engage with all conference contributors, peers and fellow professionals to examine how the theories can be translated into grass roots practice and deliver the desired outcomes.
The government has recently published a policy paper entitled ‘Prevention is Better than Cure’, which sets out the government's vision for putting prevention at the heart of the nation's health. This is to be further followed up with a green paper in 2019.
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“Predictive Prevention” technology uses a combination of medical, social media and smartphone data to provide nudges designed to prevent illness.
How can individuals be encouraged to consider more intently their own health and wellbeing? What can be done to support better lifestyle choices and induce changed behaviour and attitudes, thus prolonging healthier lives?
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