Health and Social Care Bill

Memorandum submitted by British Heart Foundation (HS 86)

The Health and Social Care Bill – Directors of Public Health (clause 27)

1. Directors of Public Health in local authorities are exciting roles with great potential to tackle the wide range of social determinants of health and health inequalities.

2. But to achieve this, they must have the protected independence, credibility, and authority to influence, advocate for, and advise on all policy areas that have a bearing on physical activity, healthy eating, and all aspects of population health and health inequalities.

3. The Health and Social Care Bill must therefore:

· Require Directors of Public Health to have Executive Director status (second tier officers), reporting directly to the Chief Executive in the Local Authority

· Set out the statutory roles of Directors of Public Health including being a formal consultee, advocate and advisor on all policy areas and functions that have a bearing on health (such as planning, education and transport).

March 2011