Public health: Policies

  • 27 May 2014

    Tobacco Products Directive

    The Tobacco Products Directive came into force on 19 May 2014 and must be transposed into national legislation by May 2016. This briefing sets out the final changes agreed at EU level in relation to health warnings on tobacco products, packaging, flavouring, new measures to combat smuggling of tobacco and e-cigarettes. The RCN has been working closely with its European and national alliances to influence the content of the directive and will continue to lobby on issues that promote healthier lifestyles, (particularly in the early years).

  • 31 Jan 2013

    Public health reforms in England

    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.

  • 15 Oct 2012

    Public Health: RCN position statement

    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. 

  • 20 Mar 2012

    Health inequalities and the social determinants of 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.

  • 12 Mar 2012

    Alcohol policies to reduce alcohol-related harm in England

    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.