The UK Public Health Network is a collaboration of umbrella organisations representing public health across the four nations of the United Kingdom. It grew out of a summit meeting held on 8 October 2014.
The summit agreed that:
- Public Health in the UK has become fragmented, with many different bodies speaking for the sector.
- The health of the public across the UK faces enormous challenges, including: financial, demographic and professional.
- A "whole system approach", working towards a collaborative agenda and strategy, would be beneficial to each organisation, as well as improving the public's health.
The summit agreed to form the UK Public Health Network to:
1. improve the way that the public health community speaks about the public’s health, and
2. share information and knowledge between members.
The initial priorities were to:
- Map the policy priorities and work priorities for the organisations in the Network.
- Develop a collective view of key UK wide priorities for public health to prepare informed positions for the new national administration, respecting the different constitutional positions of the network member organisations.
- Establish a dedicated information portal and services for the Network.
- Review the feasibility of an annual public health week.
The four Chief Executives of the Faculty of Public Health, Royal Society of Public Health, Association of Directors of Public Health and UK Health Forum act as a coordinating group to oversee the development and work of the Network.
The Network meets in full face to face twice a year. It discusses, and develops responses to, issues of strategic importance in improving the public’s health across England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.
Policy leads from a number of Network member and observer organisations meet quarterly to exchange work in progress and reduce duplication of effort where possible.
The Network is hosted by the UK Health Forum.