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(Department for Health and Social Care) Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s

21 August 2019

The BPS would like to hear from members with practical case studies or academic research on what can be done to tackle the causes of preventable ill-health.

Prevention is a key policy priority for the BPS; we have already convened a roundtable with several division chairs and topic experts and will be engaging with members further in the coming months as we develop our vision of prevention.

As part of this, we are also hoping to make a strong response to the Government’s consultation addressing the three main areas laid out in the document:

  1. Opportunities for personalised prevention at scale
  2. Tackling key challenges to ill health
  3. Building strong foundations for good health

There are 21 specific questions in total, with 16 that are relevant to the BPS (listed below).

  1. Which health and social care policies should be reviewed to improve the health of people living in poorer communities or excluded groups?
  2. Do you have any ideas for how the NHS Health Checks programme could be improved?
  3. What ideas should the government consider to raise funds for helping people stop smoking?
  4. How else can we help people reach and stay at a healthier weight?
  5. There are many factors affecting people’s mental health. How can we support the things that are good for mental health and prevent the things that are bad for mental health, in addition to the mental health actions in the green paper?
  6. Have you got examples or ideas about using technology to prevent mental ill-health, and promote good mental health and wellbeing?
  7. We recognise that sleep deprivation (not getting enough sleep) is bad for your health in several ways. What would help people get 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night?
  8. Have you got examples or ideas for services or advice that could be delivered by community pharmacies to promote health?
  9. What would you like to see included in a call for evidence on musculoskeletal (MSK) health?
  10. What could the government do to help people live more healthily: in homes and neighbourhoods, when going somewhere, in workplaces, in communities?
  11. What is your priority for making England the best country in the world to grow old in, alongside the work of PHE and national partner organisations?
  12. What government policies (outside of health and social care) do you think have the biggest impact on people’s mental and physical health? Please describe a top 3.
  13. How can we make better use of existing assets – across both the public and private sectors – to promote the prevention agenda?
  14. What more can we do to help local authorities and NHS bodies work well together?
  15. What are the top 3 things you’d like to see covered in a future strategy on sexual and reproductive health?
  16. What other areas (in addition to those set out in this green paper) would you like future government policy on prevention to cover?

Members are invited to respond by answering those questions or providing evidence or practical case studies relevant to them.

In particular we would draw your attention to question 21:

  • ‘What other areas (in addition to those set out in this green paper) would you like future government policy on prevention to cover?’

This is a question we aim to address as we develop our vision of what prevention means for the BPS, and would value your input on what is missing in current policy. 

Getting Involved

Send your comments to [email protected] using the form below.

The deadline for responses is the end of play on Thursday the 26th of September.

Please note:

  • The society will only produce ONE response to any consultation.
  • Any response that goes under the society logo MUST be signed off by the relevant Board Chair and Branch Chair in the case of Devolved Nations.
  • Responses on behalf of particular Divisions / Faculties / Member Networks are not permitted under any circumstances.
  • Please do refer to the British Psychological Society Consultation Processes document which is attached before writing and sending any comments
  • Please ensure that all comments are based on Published Evidence and not solely on clinical opinion



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