Wednesday 4 December, 9.00 (for 9.30) – 11.30, Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE

Funded by an unrestricted grant from Sanofi Pasteur MSD

The recent public health reforms have now been in action for a few months, with local areas taking advantage of their newfound responsibilities and taking strategic decisions on what their public health focusses should be. Demographic change presents multi-faceted challenges for these decision makers, so how are these new structures responding an ageing society in their public health planning?

At this debate, we explored the extent to which the new public health structures in England are able to respond to an ageing population. The debate covered issues such as how public health spending should be allocated across the life-course. With the current climate of concern around intergenerational fairness, particularly across public spending, how can we ensure that the next steps in public health are fair for all age groups?

During this debate we heard an overview of the public health changes at a nation level, and then a policy perspective from an ILC-UK speaker on some of the challenges facing the new structures in light of an ageing population. This was followed by a series of experts presenting key examples of important aspects of public health for an ageing society, and how these issues are being addressed thus far by the new structures.

Questions addressed in the debate included:

  • How are the new structures responding to the varied public health challenges of an ageing population?
  • What should be their key focuses in order to ameliorate some of the health challenges an older age structure presents?
  • Are the new public health structures focussing spending fairly across different generations?
  • How should public health spending be allocated across the lifecourse?
  • How can we best evaluate, gather and disseminate evidence about what works in public health?

Agenda for the event:

09:00 - 09:30
Registration, including tea & coffee and pastries

09:30 - 09:35
Welcome, Baroness Sally Greengross

09:35 - 11:25
Presentations from Dr Mike Brannan, Public Health England, and Jessica Watson, ILC-UK.

Contributions on case study topics:

Helen Donovan, Royal College of Nursing - Vaccination

Emma Stanmore, University of Manchester - Falls

Kate Jopling, Campaign to End Loneliness - Loneliness

Julia Thrift, Town and Country Planning Association - Housing

Elizabeth Box, RAC Foundation - Road safety


11:25 - 11:30
Close, Baroness Sally Greengross