Further to the post below on the King’s Fund’s report on the role of district councils in public health, a quick email from my PhD cave whilst I drink my coffee to publicise our review of this report which has just been published by EHN Online via:
In summary we welcome the report and its recommendations and think that all EHPs (not just those in district councils) should read it. However, we are sceptical of it’s acceptance that there is no alternative to austerity policies for local government and (after Chadwick) we are not convinced that presenting only a ‘business case’ for our interventions will be enough to protect our work or, in the future, to encourage investment in what we do!
Further, the authors are concerned about the lack of evidence for the effectiveness of our interventions. We also recognise that more needs to be done, of course, but our own research suggests that we might already know enough to argue for the effectiveness of our interventions. The challenge is more to invest in systematically review this literature and ensure the findings are communicated and utilised by all EHPs, as per our arguments over the last four years for a more evidence based environmental health. We will write more about the need for systematic reviews in the New Year.
In the meantime many thanks, happy holidays and best wishes to all,
Rob & Surindar