Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

RSPH Development News

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

RSPH Development News

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New edition of the RSPH Guide for World Class Commissioners

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) is currently developing a new edition of its Commissioning Guide.

Commissioners have an important role in facilitating and mobilising change for social good. The new guide will be looking at the challenges and opportunities of effective commissioning for health improvement outcomes in the new public health landscape.

This document aims to assist commissioners in the development and management of programmes to improve the health and wellbeing of our local populations, and reduce health inequalities. The Guide will also help service providers to develop their capability to respond to commissioners' needs and expectations.

Public health professionals and commissioners all around England have been invited to contribute. The Guide will be published and launched in early 2014.

For more information please contact Nelly, naraujo@rsph.org.uk

Culture, Health and Wellbeing: a new RSPH report

At the end of June, the international conference Culture, Health and Wellbeing was held in Bristol, UK. Over 400 delegates over three days were brought together to debate the role the arts can play in improving health and wellbeing. There was a particular focus on healthy and creative ageing and addressing health inequalities. Speakers from across the globe disseminated latest research and new methodologies and provided practical illustrations of how museums, healthcare settings and health promotion interventions can use the arts most effectively for health.

John Wyn Owen, CB, gave the opening keynote lecture on behalf of the RSPH, arguing that the arts, humanities and wellbeing community should take on the challenge of developing a "cultural barometer" as advocated by the Francis Inquiry, to measure the cultural health of all parts of the health system. The Royal Society for Public Health also launched its report 'Arts, Health and Wellbeing Beyond the Millennium: How far have we come and where do we want to go? …

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