The way public health services are planned and delivered in England has undergone major changes. Councils have been given a leading role to reduce health inequalities and premature deaths, and improve health and wellbeing. This presents an enormous opportunity but it comes in the context of significant financial constraint.
Councils therefore have a clear objective to implement public health initiatives and disease-prevention programmes which deliver results that are good value for money. The best way of achieving this is by applying evidence-based solutions that ensure a return on investment in the long term.
NICE has been providing evidence based solutions for public health since 2005. We have already produced a library of guidance which recommends the most effective ways of promoting physical activity and tackling issues like smoking, alcohol misuse and obesity. NICE also has new responsibilities to produce guidance for social care.
If you are an officer, an elected member or councillor, or a member of a Health and Wellbeing Board, this page will point you to some of the products and resources available from NICE.
NICE local government briefings
These briefings were created between 2012 and 2015 for local authorities and their partner organisations in the health and voluntary sectors. They provided advice for local government on the public health actions that are most effective and provide best value for money, based on our guidelines.
We no longer have the capacity to maintain these to an acceptable standard and the information is now out of date. Many of the hyperlinks are broken, preventing you finding the information you need.
From Friday 30 March 2018 the briefings will be removed from our website.
Guidelines for public health and social care.
Our guidelines make evidence-based recommendations to local government, the NHS, social care and other organisations on how to improve the health and well being of individuals and local communities. We produce guidelines on a wide range of topics – use the browse categories in our guidance section to explore further. You can browse by
- Lifestyle and wellbeing – alcohol, smoking and tobacco, physical activity etc
- Population groups – children and young people, older people, black and minority and ethnic groups, vulnerable groups etc.
- Settings and environment – residential care homes, schools, communities, workplaces
You can also browse a list of all of our published and indevelopment public health guidelines.
Tools for calculating return on investment
We have developed three return on investment tools, designed to support investment decisions on tobacco, alcohol and physical activity by commissioners and policy makers in local authorities