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From Andrew Donaldson, Programme Director

Since our last update, the Prevention Programme has been concentrating on co-drafting our chapter of the Together We’re Better Five Year Plan with key partners.

Our draft chapter sets out our intended approaches to prevention and health inequalities through transformation and collaboration. References areas include:

  • New and collaborative ways of achieving outcomes
  • Tailoring approaches to audiences
  • Health inequalities
  • Strengths based approaches and wider determinants

We will continue to support specialist services, but moving forwards these interventions will be complemented by a range of other approaches, for example:

  • Digital tools and solutions
  • Community-led approaches
  • Peer support
  • Partner-led initiatives
  • Healthcare public health

Our initial area of focus will be CVD, alongside oversight of the specific national NHS Long Term Plan requirements. Our vision is to reduce CVD mortality and morbidity. We will do this by focusing on prevention, early diagnosis and effective treatment of atrial fibrillation, high blood pressure, raised cholesterol and diabetes (ABCD), proportionately targeting areas with greatest need. Early analysis indicates that there are significant numbers of people with undiagnosed CVD conditions locally, particularly high blood pressure, so a focus on identifying these people and supporting them to access effective treatment is key. This CVD prevention programme will act as a ‘pathfinder’ to help guide future priority activities of the Prevention Board.

Other NHS Long Term Plan prevention deliverables will be focused around:

  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Alcohol
  • Air Pollution
  • Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

As soon as a delivery plan has been approved by our Prevention Board and the Health and Care Transformation Board, we will share a high-level version and, in the meantime, we will continue to ensure that our plan is co-designed with our partners and existing STP programmes, along with local authority public health teams, primary care networks, CCGs and voluntary organisations.