ADPH London

The London Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH London) was formed shortly before the transition of public health services from the NHS to Local Authorities in 2013 and acts as a regional network of the UK-wide Association of Directors of Public Health.  Find out more here.

Our membership includes Local Authority Directors of Public Health (DsPH) from each of the 32 London Boroughs, the City of London, and the Head of Health for the Greater London Authority (GLA). We work closely with partners across Local Government and in the Health and Care sector. Find out more about some of our partners here.

Through ADPH London, DsPH work together to address issues which can either only be successfully tackled on a pan-London basis and/or which enhance the ability of boroughs to meet their responsibilities locally, for example through delivering efficiencies, sharing of best practice, reducing duplication, and improving coordination of related work.

During the COVID-19 pandemic ADPH London has played a key role in helping to coordinate the Local authority response, working in partnership with the wider system across the city.  Visit our COVID-19 page for further information here.

ADPH London is jointly  Chaired by Somen Banerjee, the Director of Public Health for Tower Hamlets and Steven Whiteman, the Director of Public Health for Greenwich. They are supported by 3 Vice-Chairs, along with a small programme office hosted by Haringey Council.   Visit the Who We Are  page to find out more about the team and how we are governed. 

Our Priorities for Collaboration:

Through our members we have agreed several areas where we see benefits to collaborating at a London level. This is based on where we feel we can maximise the impact on population health and reduce health inequalities, add value locally and respond to the political, economic, and social environment most effectively.

Since March 2020 ADPH London’s key focus has been on supporting the COVID-19 Pandemic response.  Visit our COVID-19 page here for further information.

Shared agendas:

  •  Air Quality – leadership and advocacy at a London and national level for addressing the negative impacts of air pollution on Londoners’ health and environment
  •  Childhood Obesity – supporting boroughs and partners to implement a whole systems approach to childhood obesity in London
  •  Children and Young People – leadership and advocacy for children’s health in London, and working in partnership to address pan-London challenges
  •  Health in All Policies – developing Health in All Policies, by capturing, supporting, developing approaches at national, pan-London and borough level
  •  Mental Health and Wellbeing –  leadership, support and advocacy for pan-London initiatives to maintain and improve the mental health of Londoners
  •  Sexual Health – leadership and advocacy for better sexual health and support boroughs to transform commissioning
  •  Smoking & Tobacco – supporting boroughs to transform and improve access to stop smoking support, delivering improved health outcomes for residents, and savings for the public sector

System improvement and development:

  •  Sector Led Improvement  – developing sector-led improvement for public health in London, and taking collective responsibility for the continual improvement of local public health outcomes
  •  Public Service Reform & Systems Transformation – supporting DsPH to meet their local responsibilities in the context of reduced resources, changes to council funding through business rates retention, system transformation in the form of devolution and STPs
  •  Workforce Development – working with our partners, to build the capacity and capability of the public health system in London

Find out more about our work to date and current joint work programme here or by  visiting our programme pages.

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