Response to prevention green paper

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:

  • The publication of the prevention green paper and the direction of travel it sets out is welcome.

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.

  • The recognition that health is a shared responsibility is welcome, as action by the NHS alone cannot prevent ill-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.

  • While the ambitions of the green paper are welcome, CCGs are concerned they are only achievable with additional support.

We highlighted a number of areas where additional support is required:

    • Public health must be sufficiently and sustainably funded, to ensure long-term sustainability.
    • Action must be taken to resolve the social care crisis and address unmet need for social care.
    • Workforce challenges must be addressed, alongside reconfiguring the workforce to support new ways of working.
    • Additional support is required to enable the realisation of benefits from digital innovation and the use of data.

Download our full consultation response.

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