• 10 July 2018

Guest blog: #onemcpeakechallenge

Jacqui McPeake, Senior Allergen Advisor for Allergen Accreditation and business owner of JACS LTD. explains how the #onemcpeakechallenge highlights issues faced by allergy sufferers on a daily basis

  • 04 July 2018

Blog: what next for the wider public health workforce?

Three years after its publication, Kiran Kenth, Director of National and Regional Programmes at RSPH, considers the impact of the ‘Understanding the Wider Public Health Workforce’ report

  • 03 July 2018

Guest blog: Healthy Living Optical Practices

Michelle Dyoss, Public Health Specialist and Healthy Living Practice Lead and Director of Selph Consultancy, considers how optical practices can support the general health and wellbeing, as well as eye health, of each person they see

  • 02 July 2018

Guest blog: Reflections on a green paper

Richard Shircore MSc FRSPH reflects on the challenges posed by the Departments of Health and Education's recent green paper 'Transforming children and young people's mental health provision'

  • 21 June 2018

Guest blog: My mother said…

Martin Dockrell, Tobacco Control Lead at Public Health England takes a lesson from his mother on e-cigarettes and their effects on health inequalities

  • 05 June 2018

Guest blog: New information hub for Emergency Services and public health

Linda Hindle, Deputy Chief Allied Health Professional Officer at Public Health England, explains why a new resource for the emergency services will help to share public health best practice

  • 01 June 2018

Guest blog: Equipping consumers with the right tools to make better financial decisions

Dominic Stewart, Campaign Manager, Keep Me Posted UK, considers the advantages of paper billing for consumers

  • 14 May 2018

Guest blog: Trailblazing more veg eating

Anne Heughan, ex-Global External Affairs Director at Unilever and RSPH Trustee, reveals how a new initiative is mobilising support to increase the consumption of vegetables

  • 14 May 2018

Guest blog: Raised by parents or technology?

Ali Hussain, Project Coordinator at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (King’s College London), considers how we can overcome the challenges to health and wellbeing that are presented by social media

  • 25 April 2018

Guest blog: Getting the ‘return on investment' of public health right

David Buck, Senior Fellow for Public Health and Inequalities at The King's Fund, challenges the increasingly common misunderstanding and misuse of the term ‘return on investment’

  • 16 April 2018

Guest blog: Rethinking social housing, and why it matters for health

Sarah Davis, Senior Policy & Practice Officer at the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), discusses the role and purpose of social housing and how it impacts on public health

  • 13 April 2018

Guest blog: #endthestigma of mental ill health

Anastasia Vinnikova, Junior Recruiter and Mental Health Network Co-Chair at the Bank of England, talks about her struggles with mental ill health and how a campaign to wear a green ribbon helped her to share with her colleagues

  • 15 March 2018

Guest blog: Trending in Middlesbrough

Sandra Phillips, Chief Executive of Actes Trust, reflects on the positive impact of winning the Community Health Development Award 2017 for Trending Middlesbrough

  • 14 March 2018

Blog: Taking another trip down Health on the High Street

Duncan Stephenson, Director of External Affairs & Marketing at RSPH, reflects on the impact of the Health on the High Street campaign and how there is still work to be done to ensure that our high streets support the public's health

  • 05 March 2018

Guest blog: Museums on Prescription

Helen Chatterjee, Professor of Biology at University College London, describes how winning two RSPH awards in 2017 provided publicity, kudos and advocacy for the Museums on Prescription project

  • 27 February 2018

Guest blog: How formal recognition supports Mind and Body

Rick Bradley, Operations Manager for Addaction’s ‘Mind and Body’ programme, explains why it is worth dedicating time to preparing an entry for the Health & Wellbeing Awards

  • 01 February 2018

Blog: Development opportunities for Environmental Health Officers

Professor Lisa Ackerley, independent food safety consultant and RSPH Trustee, reflects on the challenges of being an Environmental Health Officer and how RSPH membership can help

  • 11 January 2018

Blog: Could 2018 be the year for a rights-based approach to the public’s health?

Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive of RSPH, reflects on the positives offered by a human rights-based approach to public health

  • 02 January 2018

Blog: A lesson in neighbourhood preventive care from the Netherlands

Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive of RSPH, considers how practitioner-led innovation can deliver significant benefits in public health

  • 15 December 2017

Guest blog: Royal Society of Medicine conferences investigate the relationship between farming and public health

Peter Melchett, Policy Director at the Soil Association, contends that the era during which public health professionals could happily ignore what happens on farms is well and truly over

  • 12 December 2017

Blog: The University of the 3rd Age and ‘The 5 ways to Wellbeing’

Jill Turner, Trustee for RSPH and U3A In Kennet, reflects on some of the initiatives enabling people to maintain their health and wellbeing in later life

  • 05 December 2017

Guest blog: Untapped resources

Steve Aspinall, Chairman of the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT), explains why the accredited registers workforce has such a vital role to play in supporting the public's health

  • 10 November 2017

Guest blog: Tackling social issues with the arts

Isla Whateley, an MA (Hons) student in Social Anthropology with Development at the University of Edinburgh and representative of RSPH’s Young Health Movement, reviews her role as a judge in the 'Health: From Here to Where?' short story competition

  • 08 November 2017

Blog: How the arts can help to change hearts and minds

Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive of RSPH, considers how the arts can impact on not only our hearts and minds, but also our health and wellbeing

  • 26 October 2017

Guest blog: Self-care for all

With this year's Self Care Week imminent, Co-chair of the Self Care Forum, Dr Selwyn Hodge Hon FRSPH, considers the importance of health literacy in ensuring the effectiveness of self-care

  • 09 October 2017

Blog: Steps towards a more modern and dynamic regulatory framework

Darrin Sinclair, Education Manager at RSPH, considers the impact of the changes afoot in food safety regulation

  • 02 October 2017

Guest blog: Mesothelioma Awareness Day

Emily Walsh, Director of Community Outreach at Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, considers the devastating impact of mesothelioma and why its annual awareness day is so vital

  • 05 September 2017

Guest blog: What can workplaces do to support mental health?

Lilli Hender, staff writer at Office Genie, considers the current state of mental health in the workplace and what can be done to improve it

  • 15 August 2017

Blog: What next for mental health in schools?

Aaron Mansfield, Health and Wellbeing Project Manager for Young People at RSPH, considers the challenges that still need to be overcome in order to effectively address the mental health and wellbeing needs of young people

  • 04 August 2017

Guest blog: Revalidation

David Kidney, Chief Executive of the UK Public Health Register, considers the importance of revalidation and how it will impact on the quality of public health practice carried out by the public health workforce

  • 20 July 2017

Blog: Understanding the real harm of our drugs policy

Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive of RSPH, considers the harm caused to communities and families by the UK's current drugs policy

  • 07 July 2017

Guest blog: Pride message for health professionals

Dr Justin Varney, National Lead for Adult Health and Wellbeing, and Gul Root, Lead Public Health Pharmacist, both of Public Health England, consider the opportunity presented by this year’s Pride Festival for health professionals to focus on the needs of the LGBT community

  • 20 June 2017

Guest blog: The value of occupational health to the public’s health

Dr Paul J Nicholson OBE considers the role of occupational health in supporting health and wellbeing in the workplace

  • 27 March 2017

Guest blog: Benchmark and improve

Jamie Sadler, Managing Director of Food Nation (winners of a Health & Wellbeing Award in 2013 and 2016 and the Public Health Minister's Award in 2016), reflects on the value of entering

  • 23 March 2017

Guest blog: Firefighters and health – revolution or evolution?

Gary Taylor, Assistant Chief Fire Officer of West Midlands Fire Service, explains how the fire service is playing an increasingly vital role in supporting the public's health

  • 06 March 2017

Guest blog: And the Award goes to…

Graham Rushbrook, Chair of the RSPH Health & Wellbeing Awards programme, reflects on the many benefits of entering the UK's premier awards scheme for promoting health and wellbeing

  • 15 February 2017

Guest blog: Learning to see with a population perspective

Dr Woody Caan, Editor of the Journal of Public Mental Health and RSPH Professorial Fellow, considers how a population perspective could help direct leadership and policy in public health

  • 09 February 2017

Guest blog: The friends that help us heal

Freelance writer Jenny Holt explains the importance of animal-assisted therapy in providing relief to patients undergoing stressful medical treatment

  • 08 February 2017

Guest blog: Make it your decision

Usha Grieve, Director of Information and Partnerships at Compassion in Dying, explains how its new campaign, Make It Your Decision, will encourage people to plan ahead for their treatment and care and make their wishes known

  • 25 January 2017

Guest blog: Combating high blood pressure

Professor Kevin Fenton, Director for Health and Wellbeing at Public Health England (PHE), explains why we need to focus on combating high blood pressure

  • 17 January 2017

Blog: Reasons to be cheerful

Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive of RSPH, explains why 2017 will be a positive year for public health

  • 09 January 2017

Guest blog: Online is the future of public health

Dr Francine Watkins, Senior Lecturer in Public Health and Director of the University of Liverpool’s Master of Public Health programmes, describes how online programmes are helping public health students make a difference across the world

  • 06 January 2017

Guest blog: Smoking and vaping in public places

Martin Dockrell, Tobacco Control Programme Lead at Public Health England, considers how vaping is changing thinking on smokefree policies

  • 20 December 2016

Guest blog: Increasing the uptake of HIV testing

Professor Kevin Fenton, Director for Health and Wellbeing at Public Health England (PHE), explains why we need to redouble our efforts to increase HIV testing

  • 12 December 2016

Blog: Young and homeless at Christmas

Marcus Smith, Project Manager at RSPH, considers the impact of homelessness on public health and how a range of different initiatives are tackling it

  • 22 November 2016

Guest blog: The importance of laughter

Comedian John Ryan explains how laughter contributes to our health and wellbeing

  • 07 October 2016

Guest blog: Preventing the next generation of smokers

Professor Kevin Fenton, Director for Health and Wellbeing at Public Health England, explains how the roll out of tobacco standard packs can help prevent the next generation of smokers and increase quit rates

  • 29 September 2016

Blog: Health Improvement - Back to the Future?

Heather Davison, Director of Education and Development at RSPH, reviews the current state of health improvement in England and considers whether it has reached a tipping point

  • 07 September 2016

Guest blog: Self care - everyone’s default setting?

Professor Ian Banks, Chairman of the Self Care Conference, Self Care Forum Board member and President of the European Men’s Health Forum, considers the importance of self care in the context of the current challenges for public health

  • 02 August 2016

Guest blog: Getting every adult active every day

Professor Kevin Fenton, Director for Health and Wellbeing at Public Health England, discusses ways to get every adult active every day

  • 26 July 2016

Guest blog: A smarter approach to fuel poverty

Sarah Newton, MP for Truro and Falmouth, explains how smart meters can help to eradicate fuel poverty and so contribute to improving the public’s health

  • 21 July 2016

Guest blog: Research underpins the health aspirations of the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy

Dr Andy Cope, Director of the Research and Monitoring Unit at Sustrans, considers how the latest research into walking and cycling will affect investment in it

  • 11 July 2016

Guest blog: Improving the prevention and diagnosis of bowel cancer

Professor Kevin Fenton, Director for Health and Wellbeing at Public Health England, discusses ways to prevent bowel cancer and the importance of screening

  • 30 June 2016

Guest blog: The public has changed its mind about drug decriminalisation - can MPs now be persuaded to follow suit?

Will McMahon, Deputy Director at the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, considers the next steps for decriminalising drugs in the wake of our recent report

  • 01 June 2016

Guest blog: LITE KNIGHT

Lewisham’s Director of Public Health, Danny Ruta, and BBC children's producer, Allan Johnston, describe how they came up with the idea for their 'animatic novel', aimed at challenging childhood obesity

  • 24 May 2016

Guest blog: Living with suicide

Lotte Stringer, of suicide prevention charity Hector’s House, describes the devastating aftermath of suicide and why it’s so important to talk openly and remove the stigma surrounding mental health.

  • 19 May 2016

Guest blog: Revalidation scheme for all UKPHR registrants

David Kidney, Executive Director at the UK Public Health Register (UKPHR), explains why it is consulting on the introduction of a revalidation scheme for registrants

  • 16 May 2016

Guest blog: Giving every child the best start in life

Professor Kevin Fenton, Director for Health and Wellbeing at Public Health England, discusses how the crucial period from pregnancy to age 2 can shape a child’s physical and emotional health through into adulthood.

  • 04 May 2016

Guest blog: Assessing the impact of fuel poverty schemes

William Boohan, Home Energy - Policy Advisor at Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC), explains why it has introduced a toolkit to help evaluate fuel poverty and health type schemes.

  • 27 April 2016

Guest blog: Scotland’s report of the Public Health Review

Professor Bryan Stoten, Chair of the UK Public Health Register (UKPHR), reviews and reflects on Scotland’s report of the Public Health Review.

  • 25 April 2016

Guest blog: The Pleasure Principle

Sarah Jakes, a Trustee at the New Nicotine Alliance (NNA), proposes vaping as a recreational alternative to smoking - an holistic approach to tobacco harm reduction and smoking cessation (and pleasure).

  • 05 April 2016

Guest blog: Midlife approaches to reduce dementia risk

Professor Kevin Fenton, Director for Health and Wellbeing at Public Health England, considers midlife approaches to reduce the risk of developing dementia through healthy living, and the importance of moving away from thinking of dementia as simply an inevitable part of ageing.

  • 18 March 2016

Guest blog: If you’re not counted, you don’t count

Daniel Singleton is National Executive Director of FaithAction, a network of faith-based and community organisations involved in social action. He shares his reflections on the role of faith in promoting health in our communities.

  • 03 March 2016

Blog: Water Safety – it’s choice not chance!

Dr Rosalind Stanwell-Smith, Deputy Editor of Perspectives in Public Health, reports from the conference 'Water Safety – it’s choice not chance!'

  • 29 February 2016

Guest blog: ‘Activity equivalent’ calorie labelling from Taking the Pea snacks

Taking the Pea Director Mark Gallagher explains why he felt it was beneficial to provide ‘activity equivalent’ calorie labelling on his products.

  • 19 February 2016

Guest Blog: The Value of Public Health Practitioner Registration

Dr Cerilan Rogers, Lead Moderator at UKPHR, explains the standards UKPHR sets and how it assures the competence of the core public health workforce and the quality of their practice.

  • 09 February 2016

Blog: The role of health trainers in promoting health for men

Why is it so important to engage men and boys in discussions over health? Why does this group remain so hard to engage? How can we break down barriers to work more effectively with men and boys?

  • 02 February 2016

Guest Blog: Radical Reform of NCMP Feedback - Introducing CHAMP

Sarah Vince-Cain, Clinical Programme Manager for Childhood Obesity at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, explains the changes being made there to fight childhood obesity

  • 22 January 2016

Guest blog: Trust me I’m a Doctor

Behaviour Change Advisor, Claire McDonald FRSPH, took part in the BBC's ‘Trust me I’m a Doctor’ programme on Behaviour Change to find out how changing everyday behaviour would impact our health.

  • 13 January 2016

Guest blog: An insider's take on Minded to Change

Richard Shircore MSc FRSPH, independent consultant in Community and Public Health, looks at the reasons why the health trainer service has an impact on public health and what we can all learn from their approach

  • 12 December 2015

Blog: The Scales of Health

Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive of RSPH, reflects on the last year and looks at the challenges facing public health in 2016

  • 30 November 2015

Blog: Health trainers and mental health: the view from Cornwall

Following RSPH’s recent report on the changing uses and misuses of health trainer services, Alexia Ollivier, Health Inequalities Lead for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Health Trainer Service, gives us her view

  • 09 November 2015

Guest blog: The need for a greater policy focus on men's health

During Movember, Peter Baker, Director of Global Action on Men’s Health, reflects on the state of men’s health in the UK and around the world and why there is a growing need for policy that takes account of gender differences.

  • 30 October 2015

Blog: What do Housing Officers and Physiotherapists have in common?

​Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive of RSPH, explores the enthusiasm and commitment that exists to taking on a new role in prevention across the professions

  • 14 October 2015

Guest blog: “Nanny state” – is public health at odds with freedom?

In this guest blog, Prof. Paul Griffiths and Prof. Roger Magnusson of the University of Sydney reflect on the “nanny state” debate

  • 07 October 2015

Blog: I don’t blame the parents: rethinking childhood obesity

Following the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health summit on childhood obesity, RSPH PR and Campaigns Manager Ed Morrow, looks at how and why we should be creating a less obesogenic environment

  • 01 October 2015

Blog: Health Trainers - Changing Lives

Since their introduction, almost 3,000 health trainers have supported more than half a million people to make positive lifestyle changes in areas such as smoking, physical activity, alcohol, diet and emotional issues.

  • 21 July 2015

Guest blog: How devolution deal has the power to improve health, care and lifestyles for people in Greater Manchester

Warren Heppolette, Strategic Director – Health & Social Care Reform Greater Manchester, looks at opportunities that exist beyond core health and care services to benefit health

  • 12 June 2015

Blog: Food Poisoning – The challenges and controls

Dr Rosalind Stanwell-Smith, Deputy Editor of Perspectives in Public Health gives her review of Food Poisoning - The Challenges and Controls

  • 10 June 2015

Blog: Improving Health on the High Street Northampton-style

Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive of RSPH, looks at how Northampton is bringing public and private organisations together to develop a new consensual plan for food

  • 29 May 2015

Guest blog: Building skills for mental health and wellbeing

Jude Stansfield, National adviser, Public Mental Health, Public Health England introduces a new national leadership and workforce development framework for public mental health

  • 26 May 2015

Blog: Ongoing challenges in identifying and tackling food fraud are vital to safeguarding public health

RSPH Centre Support Manager Angela Corpes explores how the new food labelling legislation has boosted efforts to avert risk of illness or even death for those who have food allergies

  • 05 May 2015

Guest blog: Hand washing campaign in action

Claire McDonald, RSPH's Behaviour Change Advisor, reflects on her recent trip to Karachi to see Unilever/Lifebuoy’s hand washing campaign in action

  • 12 March 2015

Blog: Greater Manchester – the Temperature’s Rising!

Heather Davison, Director of Education and Development, shares what she learned about integrated health and social care delivery with GMFRS in Greater Manchester

  • 02 March 2015

Guest blog: Lifebuoy “Help a child reach 5” campaign in Bangladesh

Dr Lisa Ackerley, Professorial Fellow of RSPH, talks about the Lifebuoy “Help a child reach 5” campaign in Bangladesh and the importance of hand washing as a disease prevention measure

  • 27 February 2015

Blog: Can happy mean healthy?

Matt Keracher, PR and Campaigns Executive at RSPH, looks at the relationship between happiness and human health and wellbeing

  • 25 February 2015

Guest blog: Healthy Living Pharmacies - More than just a Pharmacy

Enes Champo, Assistant Public Health Strategist, Camden and Islington Public Health and Jusmin Chandaria, Edgerton Pharmacy, Islington explain how the concept of healthy living pharmacy’s (HLPs) can change everyday trips to the pharmacy

  • 24 February 2015

Blog: Hand washing with soap: prevention at its very best

Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive of RSPH, talks about the importance of the hand washing campaign ‘Help a Child Reach 5’

  • 16 February 2015

Blog: Advertising hype or nutritional information?

Angela Corpes, RSPH Centre Support Manager, takes a look at the importance of providing genuine nutritional information

  • 21 January 2015

Guest blog: Changing young people’s health, from the ground up

Paul Jarvis, Head of Sport & Health at national sports charity StreetGames, explains why inactivity is back on the agenda and why a grassroots approach is crucial.

  • 05 January 2015

Blog: Youth Health Champions: Driving the movement for better lifestyle choices

Alix Sheppard, Youth Health Programme Advisor at RSPH, explains the role of the new Youth Health Movement in empowering young people to be creative in the promotion of healthy behaviours

  • 19 November 2014

Blog: West Midlands Fire Service; the wider public health workforce

Kiran Kenth, Wider Workforce Development Manager at RSPH, explains why services such as the West Midlands Fire Service have the potential to impact on virtually every important issue affecting health and wellbeing

  • 11 November 2014

Guest blog: HPV - why it is imperative we extend the HPV vaccination programme to include boys

David Winterflood from the HPV & Anal Cancer Foundation and the NOMAN Campaign discusses why the extension of the HPV vaccination to all boys ‘ is the only sensible answer’

  • 06 November 2014

Guest blog: RSPH qualifications on St Helena

Susan White, who has a RSPH international training centre, talks about RSPH qualifications on St Helena

  • 31 October 2014

Blog: The argument for the introduction of calorie labelling

Dr Fiona Sim, Chair of RSPH, introduces our latest campaign proposing the introduction of calorie labelling for alcohol

  • 10 October 2014

Blog: Making Mental Health “Visible”

On World Mental Health Day, RSPH's Gina Mohajer makes the case for everyone-individual, employers and practitioners alike-to push mental wellbeing up the national agenda and make the 'invisible'-visible

  • 21 September 2014

Blog: The moment we have all been waiting for...

Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive of RSPH, relates the highlights from Simon Stevens' presentation at the Public Health England Conference on 17 September 2014

  • 05 August 2014

Blog: Meeting the unsung heroes of public health: The West Midlands Fire Service

Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive of RSPH, spends the day with West Midlands Fire Service

  • 14 July 2014

Blog: Leading change in Wigan

Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive of RSPH, spends a day with Kate Ardern, Director of Public Health in Wigan, learning about their approach to health improvement

  • 27 June 2014

Blog: Why invest in workplace wellbeing?

Following the launch of the new Public Health Ministers' Award, Kate Sanger looks at why workplace health and wellbeing should be a priority.