All four nations of the UK have identified improving prevention and public health as key to the ongoing sustainability of health services. Across the UK, there is a growing belief that a greater focus on prevention and public health activity is going to be vital to reduce pressure on the NHS and social care services.
In the Five Year Forward View, NHS England state that the sustainability of the NHS, and the economic prosperity of Britain, all now depend on "a radical upgrade in prevention and public health". In their most recent strategic framework NHS Scotland claim that the “long term need for fairness and prevention to be at the heart of all policy and practice is what drives us”. The principles of the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act call for more investment in preventative measures to ensure a healthier Wales. In Northern Ireland, the Making Life Better framework includes embedding prevention across Health and Social Care services as a key theme.
We may use different terminology in different areas, but all dietitians do prevention and we need to show how dietitians can play a key role in this important area.
We were delighted to win the Association Award 2018 for Best Social Media Campaign!
Each day had a different focus, looking at a different aspect of prevention.