The government has published a green paper on health prevention actions to be implemented and developed in the next decade.
The ‘Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s’ document sets a new goal of not just improving lifespan but also reducing the number of years that are spent in poor health.
“The 2020s will be the decade of proactive, predictive, and personalised prevention,” it states, and says new technologies such as genomics and artificial intelligence will help create a new prevention model that means the NHS will be there for people even before they are born.
Starting this year, Public Health England will work with NHSX and other partners across the public health system, academia, industry and the voluntary sector to build a portfolio of new innovative projects. Phase one of the programme will include efforts in building trust with the public about how data can be used to improve their experience; developing projects to prove the concept of personalised prevention and establish the evidence base; and designing the future shape of the programme, with a view to increasing the scale and ambition.
“In the 2020s, people will not be passive recipients of care. They will be co-creators of their own health. The challenge is to equip them with the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to help themselves,” the green paper states.
The final document is expected to be published by spring 2020 and will set out the proposals in more detail.
Consultation on the green paper is invited until 11:59 pm on 14 October 2019. Further information is available here.