We have responded to the prevention green paper: Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s. Our response was informed by the views of our members, including CCG Chairs, Clinical Directors, and Lay Members, among others. Input was also sought from members who are part of NHSCC’s specific communities of interest, such as our Mental Health Commissioners Network and our Nurses Forum.
In our response we made the following key points:
In particular, clinical commissioners welcome the green paper’s vision for health to be viewed as an asset that should be invested in throughout a person’s life, its focus on addressing key risk factors and the wider determinants of ill-health, and its ambition to achieve true parity of esteem for mental health.
Individuals have a key role to play and they should be supported to manage their own wellbeing and health where possible; clinical commissioners work hard to promote self-care to their populations. In addition to the role of CCGs, local authorities play a vital role as commissioners of public health. Their remit makes them well placed to take action on a number of the wider determinants of health, and clinical commissioners are increasingly looking to work collaboratively with them.
We highlighted a number of areas where additional support is required:
Download our full consultation response.