Councils have the power to significantly improve the health of their communities by reducing health inequalities and premature death from disease.
NICE produces a series of local government briefings, which build upon NICE public health guidance, to help support councils with the commissioning of public health services.
The briefings raise awareness and provide information about the existing cost effective evidence-based recommendations and evidence reviews from NICE that local government can call upon when commissioning public health services.
To date, there are 23 local government briefings on a range of topics such as reducing the harm caused by alcohol, HIV testing, encouraging physical activity, preventing obesity, and tobacco control.
NICE is sponsoring the achieving excellence category at the LGC Awards to highlight the councils that are meeting their public health challenges and show that investing in public health brings benefits for all.
The shortlisted councils are:
- Blackpool Council
- Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council
- Bracknell Forest Borough Council
- Essex County Council
- Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council
- Leeds City Council
- Southend-On-Sea Borough Council
- Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council
- Teignbridge District Council
- Telford and Wrekin Borough Council
Last year’s NICE LGC Public Health Award was won by South Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council for their efforts to make ‘Every Contact a Health Improvement Contact'.
Professor Gill Leng, NICE’s deputy chief executive - who helped judge this category, said: “In difficult economic times, councils need to show a return on the resources they invest in public health. Applying evidence based solutions, such as NICE guidance, to help reduce health inequalities and improve health and wellbeing can deliver significant social and economic benefits over the long term.
“We have been encouraged by the continued high level of interest in our public health award and very impressed by the innovative ways councils are fulfilling their responsibilities. We hope the councils shortlisted here will inspire others in their work to improve the health and wellbeing of their communities.”
The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on the 11th March 2015.