NEWS
Government reveals 'prevention is better than cure' vision for the NHS
POSTED 05 Nov 2018 . BY Tom Walker
Health secretary Matt Hancock has revealed a new preventative vision for the NHS, which includes a call for people to "take more responsibility for their own health".

Announcing a new strategic tagline – "Prevention is better than cure" – Hancock said the approach will transform the government's approach to healthcare, resulting in a green paper being published in 2019.

Speaking at the Annual Meeting of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes today (5 November 2018) Hancock released a document outlining the new vision, which looks to shift the focus to primary and community care services – and the "value they can bring in offering early support".

The plan will utilise new approaches – such as "predictive prevention", which will explore how digital technology can be used to offer individuals precise and targeted health advice.

Hancock also re-established a number of targets the government has set itself and the NHS – such as halving childhood obesity by 2030 and diagnosing 75 per cent of cancers at stages 1 and 2 by 2028.

"Prevention is crucial to improving the health of the whole population, and helping secure the health and social care services we all value and rely on," Hancock said. "It will also boost the health of our economy.

"This Mission is to ensure that people can enjoy at least five extra healthy, independent years of life by 2035, while narrowing the gap between the experience of the richest and poorest.

"I am delighted that with the long-term funding settlement for the NHS, there will be an extra £20.5bn a year by the end of the next five years.

"This is the single largest cash injection for the NHS ever, giving us a unique opportunity to radically change the focus of health and social care onto prevention."

Outlining his plans, Hancock said a radical change is needed in the way healthcare is delivered – adding that 10 times more money is spent on treating disease than prevention, which "doesn't stack up".

"We cannot continue to invest in the same service models of the past," he said. "We will not meet our mission with 'business as usual'.

"This vision sets out that greater focus, and spending, is needed on prevention, not just cure.

"With an ageing society and people living with multiple complex conditions it is imperative that this rebalancing happens – to keeping people well, living in the community, and out of hospital for longer.

"This means services which target the root causes of poor health and promote the health of the whole individual, not just treating single acute illnesses. In practice this requires greater funding for pre-primary, primary and community care – and support for the staff who work in these services.

"Prevention cannot be solved purely by the health and social care system alone. Everyone has a part to play, and we must work together across society.

"In the first half of next year, the government will work with stakeholders to publish a Green Paper on prevention to set out our plans in more detail."

Commenting on the announcement, professor Sir Muir Gray CBE, chief knowledge officer for the NHS, welcomed the new vision – but pointed out that the physical activity and fitness sectors will have a key role to play if the government wants to hit its own targets.

"The government wants five extra healthy, independent years of life," Sir Muir said.

"And we now know that we can prevent disability, dementia and frailty – all conditions associated with ageing – with physical activity.

"What the government wants is to keep people fit for longer – and physical activity is one of the keys to achieve that.

"What we want to do is get the 57,000 fitness and exercise professionals working more closely with the 51,000 physiotherapists in the country.

"Crucially, we also want everyone with a long-term condition – whatever their age – taking part in activity therapy. Because to get those five extra years of healthy life, it's not enough just to prevent disease – you've got to really engage with people who have already got a health condition. People with illnesses are even more in need of the fitness industry than those without a condition."

In response to Hancock's plans, ukactive CEO Steven Ward said: “In setting out his vision today, Matt Hancock has reiterated the Government’s intention to transform public health and these targets rightly focus on ‘health creation’ through exercise and nutrition, rather than a negative and hopeless focus on condition management.

“But while personal responsibility for our health and wellbeing is important, so too is the need for government to introduce smarter regulation and investment in order to address the environmental challenges which contribute to ill health and disease.

“The reality is that the UK is emerging from a decade of austerity and now faces a £1bn cut in the public health budget for 2019-20 according to the Health Foundation’s analysis of last week’s Budget.

“The secretary of state and his cabinet colleagues are already in possession of three significant proposals from ukactive which would have a transformative impact on the health of the nation and do not depend exclusively on public finance.

"These are the creation of Wellness Hubs, the Workout from Work scheme and the reimagining of schools as community hubs.

“While the vision and 10-year plan for the NHS are crucial, action can be delayed no longer so we urge the Secretary of State to push through the following proposals as a matter of urgency or risk putting more lives at risk
RELATED STORIES
UK Spa Association and ukactive form new membership alliance partnership


The UK Spa Association (UKSA) and ukactive have announced a new partnership, that will offer a new 'Active Spa' membership to businesses the provide both spa and fitness facilities and services.
University-led community network to become 'focal point for preventative health interventions'


University of Brighton has joined forces with local entrepreneurs and community groups to turn Brighton and Hove into a "focal point for health interventions".
New long-term plan for NHS – what will it mean for physical activity?


Prime Minister Theresa May has revealed a new long-term plan for the NHS, saying that it will help "secure the future of the health service", with measures to support people at all stages of life.
Public Health England: prevention 'must be at heart of NHS long-term plan'


Public Health England CEO Duncan Selbie has called on the NHS to prioritise the prevention of obesity, cardiovascular disease and smoking in its new long-term plan.
 


ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

Leisure Media, Portmill House, Portmill Lane,
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1DJ Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2019

ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
 
Spa Business - Government reveals 'prevention is better than cure' vision for the NHS...
22 Mar 2019 Spa Business: uniting the world of wellness
 
 
HOME
JOBS
NEWS
FEATURES
PRODUCTS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION
PRINT SUBSCRIPTION
ADVERTISE
CONTACT US
Sign up for FREE ezine
Latest news

05 Nov 2018

Government reveals 'prevention is better than cure' vision for the NHS
BY Tom Walker

Hancock said prevention is crucial to improving the health of the whole population

Hancock said prevention is crucial to improving the health of the whole population

Health secretary Matt Hancock has revealed a new preventative vision for the NHS, which includes a call for people to "take more responsibility for their own health".

Announcing a new strategic tagline – "Prevention is better than cure" – Hancock said the approach will transform the government's approach to healthcare, resulting in a green paper being published in 2019.

Speaking at the Annual Meeting of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes today (5 November 2018) Hancock released a document outlining the new vision, which looks to shift the focus to primary and community care services – and the "value they can bring in offering early support".

The plan will utilise new approaches – such as "predictive prevention", which will explore how digital technology can be used to offer individuals precise and targeted health advice.

Hancock also re-established a number of targets the government has set itself and the NHS – such as halving childhood obesity by 2030 and diagnosing 75 per cent of cancers at stages 1 and 2 by 2028.

"Prevention is crucial to improving the health of the whole population, and helping secure the health and social care services we all value and rely on," Hancock said. "It will also boost the health of our economy.

"This Mission is to ensure that people can enjoy at least five extra healthy, independent years of life by 2035, while narrowing the gap between the experience of the richest and poorest.

"I am delighted that with the long-term funding settlement for the NHS, there will be an extra £20.5bn a year by the end of the next five years.

"This is the single largest cash injection for the NHS ever, giving us a unique opportunity to radically change the focus of health and social care onto prevention."

Outlining his plans, Hancock said a radical change is needed in the way healthcare is delivered – adding that 10 times more money is spent on treating disease than prevention, which "doesn't stack up".

"We cannot continue to invest in the same service models of the past," he said. "We will not meet our mission with 'business as usual'.

"This vision sets out that greater focus, and spending, is needed on prevention, not just cure.

"With an ageing society and people living with multiple complex conditions it is imperative that this rebalancing happens – to keeping people well, living in the community, and out of hospital for longer.

"This means services which target the root causes of poor health and promote the health of the whole individual, not just treating single acute illnesses. In practice this requires greater funding for pre-primary, primary and community care – and support for the staff who work in these services.

"Prevention cannot be solved purely by the health and social care system alone. Everyone has a part to play, and we must work together across society.

"In the first half of next year, the government will work with stakeholders to publish a Green Paper on prevention to set out our plans in more detail."

Commenting on the announcement, professor Sir Muir Gray CBE, chief knowledge officer for the NHS, welcomed the new vision – but pointed out that the physical activity and fitness sectors will have a key role to play if the government wants to hit its own targets.

"The government wants five extra healthy, independent years of life," Sir Muir said.

"And we now know that we can prevent disability, dementia and frailty – all conditions associated with ageing – with physical activity.

"What the government wants is to keep people fit for longer – and physical activity is one of the keys to achieve that.

"What we want to do is get the 57,000 fitness and exercise professionals working more closely with the 51,000 physiotherapists in the country.

"Crucially, we also want everyone with a long-term condition – whatever their age – taking part in activity therapy. Because to get those five extra years of healthy life, it's not enough just to prevent disease – you've got to really engage with people who have already got a health condition. People with illnesses are even more in need of the fitness industry than those without a condition."

In response to Hancock's plans, ukactive CEO Steven Ward said: “In setting out his vision today, Matt Hancock has reiterated the Government’s intention to transform public health and these targets rightly focus on ‘health creation’ through exercise and nutrition, rather than a negative and hopeless focus on condition management.

“But while personal responsibility for our health and wellbeing is important, so too is the need for government to introduce smarter regulation and investment in order to address the environmental challenges which contribute to ill health and disease.

“The reality is that the UK is emerging from a decade of austerity and now faces a £1bn cut in the public health budget for 2019-20 according to the Health Foundation’s analysis of last week’s Budget.

“The secretary of state and his cabinet colleagues are already in possession of three significant proposals from ukactive which would have a transformative impact on the health of the nation and do not depend exclusively on public finance.

"These are the creation of Wellness Hubs, the Workout from Work scheme and the reimagining of schools as community hubs.

“While the vision and 10-year plan for the NHS are crucial, action can be delayed no longer so we urge the Secretary of State to push through the following proposals as a matter of urgency or risk putting more lives at risk



Connect with
Spa Business
Magazine:
View issue contents
Sign up:
Instant Alerts/zines

Print edition
 

News headlines
Planning permission granted for vast £200m adventure resort in South Wales
Planning permission granted for vast £200m adventure resort in South Wales   22 Mar 2019

Neath Port Talbot council has greenlit plans for the Afan Valley Adventure Resort – a highly anticipated leisure destination set to rise on a 325-acre .... more>>
Stephan Wagner named director of spa & wellbeing at Grand Resort Bad Ragaz
Stephan Wagner named director of spa & wellbeing at Grand Resort Bad Ragaz   22 Mar 2019

The Grand Resort Bad Ragaz in Switzerland has appointed Stephan Wagner as director of spa & wellbeing. Wagner brings over 20 years of international .... more>>
Anna Pierzak named spa director at Royal Champagne Hotel
Anna Pierzak named spa director at Royal Champagne Hotel   21 Mar 2019

Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa has appointed Anna Pierzak as its new spa director. In her new role, Pierzak will bring innovative wellness experiences to .... more>>
Jumeirah resort opens holistic spa with Bodyism Centre
Jumeirah resort opens holistic spa with Bodyism Centre   20 Mar 2019

A new spa with a Bodyism Wellness Centre has opened at the Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort in Abu Dhabi. Simply called Spa, it includes holistic .... more>>
Irene Forte joins GWS advisory board
Irene Forte joins GWS advisory board   20 Mar 2019

The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has appointed Irene Forte to its advisory board. Forte, who is the daughter of British hotelier Sir Rocco Forte, .... more>>
Company profile


Lemi Group

The company was founded under the name of Brusaferri & Co by Emilio Brusaferri and Silvio Genelli, cousins and close friends, who share the same passion for a great challenge. Brusaferri has been manufacturing under the Lemi brand since 1989.

View full profile>>

Catalogue gallery


Featured Supplier

Helping your business prosper in 2019

Helping your business prosper in 2019

The Natural Beauty & Spa Show returns to Excel London on 7 & 8 April. More>>




in this issue

• DLL to reach 100th UK club landmark
• Boutique fitness sector 'still thriving'
• Armathwaite launches 'Lemoga' experience



Spa jobs




Spa Therapist
Salary: Competitive plus uncapped commission
Location: Newquay, UK
Company: The Scarlet Hotel
International Educator - Beauty
Salary: Competitive salary plus benefits – Relocation package available
Location: Parma, Italy
Company: Comfort Zone - Davines S.p.A
Hair Specialist
Salary: Competitive
Location: Knightsbridge, London, UK
Company: Urban Retreat
Diary dates
Powered by leisurediary.com




22-23 Mar 2019

Les Mills Live

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, Singapore


25-27 Mar 2019

Dubai Entertainment Amusement and Leisure Exhibition (DEAL)

Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates



Spa Business magazine 2019 issue 1
Spa Business
2019 issue 1

View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
  Everyone’s talking about: Single-use plastics
Is it time for spas to look at their use of plastic? Kath Hudson investigates More>>
  Promotional feature: Elemis
ELEMIS is expanding it with ULTRA SMART Pro-Collagen, a new line that harnesses the power of specialised marine algae with a cutting-edge delivery system More>>


Spa Business magazine 2018 issue 4

Spa Business
2018 issue 4

View issue contents
View turning pages
Download PDF
  Technology: Data & analytics
How are software companies helping spas to use data effectively, sensitively and lawfully? More>>
  On the cover: Dan Buettner
Talks blue zones & longevity More>>


Published by The Leisure Media Company Ltd Portmill House, Portmill Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG5 1DJ. Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385 | Contact us | About us | © Cybertrek Ltd