The Health and Social Care Act 2012 radically reforms the way that health care is commissioned in England. As part of these reforms, local public health services will move from the NHS into local authorities. A new body – Public Health England – will be set up to provide strategic leadership support and health protection functions. This fact sheet outlines these major changes, and the RCN’s views on them.
The RCN agrees that we must support the population to make healthier choices. Disease prevention is underpinned by the principle that individuals should be empowered with accurate information to help them understand the impact that lifestyle has on their health. This document sets out the RCN's position regarding public health.
Health outcomes such as life expectancy continue to improve in the UK thanks to improved social, medical and healthcare conditions. However these improvements mask a widening gap between the health outcomes of the wealthiest and the most deprived communities.
RCN’s prevention work is underpinned by the principle that we should empower individuals with the information they need to understand the impact of alcohol misuse and make healthier lifestyle choices.