Prevention involves tackling the wide range of determinants that contribute to poor health in individuals and populations, with the aim of promoting health and wellbeing, and reducing health inequalities.
Prevention has become increasingly important in recent years as the cornerstone of the drive to reduce people’s need for high cost health treatments and care services. But given the current level of economic pressures on councils and the NHS, shifting the health and care system from treatment and high level services to prevention is challenging.
The benefits of prevention go far beyond improved health for individuals and reduced pressure on health and social care – the consequences of poor health have an impact on the economic prosperity and social wellbeing of the country. For this reason, prevention is everyone’s business.
This ‘Must Know’ for elected members with responsibility for public health and/or adult social are examines the key points about prevention and considers the vital issues of system-wide leadership, investment, and transformation.