Policy

Our policy work covers many key areas in public health, calling for changes across organisations, government and local authorities to improve health and wellbeing across the UK.

Activity equivalent labelling

Over two-thirds of adults in the UK are now overweight or obese and evidence suggests activity equivalent calorie labelling has the potential to help moderate calorie intake

Allied Health Professionals

With over 4 million client contacts every week the AHP workforce of over 170,000 has huge potential to reach out at scale and support the public’s health.

Allergies

Every year, 5,000 people with food allergies need hospital treatment for severe allergic reactions and 10 die from food-related anaphylaxis

Alcohol calorie labelling

The public’s health is under threat from an obesity epidemic and harm caused by irresponsible consumption of alcohol.

Antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic resistance is described by the WHO as a ‘major threat’ and drug-resistant infections kill 25,000 people each year in the European Union

Arts and health

This report gives an overview of the arts and health field, with particular reference to the UK and New Zealand.

Childhood obesity

Obesity costs the NHS £4.2 billion a year and without urgent and radical action, this will rise to £10 billion a year by 2050

Commissioning

Reducing health inequalities and improving health outcomes is reliant upon effective and strategic commissioning

Commuter health

Over 24 million people commute to work each day in England and Wales – the majority of which are utilising largely non-active methods, such as cars, trains or buses. For many, this journey is synonymous with stress, frustration and anxiety. What is the impact on our health and wellbeing?

Dementia awareness

Dementia affects over 800,000 people in the UK and this number is set to double by 2040

Drug policy reform

We are calling for measures aimed at moving UK drugs strategy away from a predominantly criminal justice approach towards one based on public health and harm reduction

Health on the High Street

The aim of this campaign is to work with businesses to better improve the health of their community and ensure that local authorities have the powers they need to curtail business practices which may undermine the public’s health.

Health Trainers

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.

HPV vaccination

HPV is responsible for 5% of all cancers worldwide and rates of HPV-related cancers are increasing

Legal highs

We are calling for all political parties to commit to ban the import and sale of psychoactive substances in their election manifestos

Mental wellbeing

There is a growing recognition that good mental health underpins everything we do, how we think, feel, act and behave.

Obesity

We are calling for consumers to be made more aware of the practice of upselling high calorie products with raised levels of fat, salt or sugar that, when consumed excessively, are likely to cause people to gain weight

Sleep

Sleep plays a vital role in protecting our health and wellbeing

Smoking cessation and e-cigarettes

Smoking kills an estimated 100,000 people each year. We are calling for a series of changes, including the wider use of e-cigarettes by smokers, to help tackle this serious public health issue

Smokefree Communities

In 2007, smoking in enclosed public spaces in the UK was banned. This landmark step has reduced smoking-related harm, but we can and must go further to help the UK kick the habit for good.

Wider Public Health Workforce

'Rethinking the Public Health Workforce' identifies a number of occupations which have already started to support public health work

Young Health Movement

The Young Health Movement is a peer driven approach to raising public health awareness among young people