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ADPH London Statement: Responding to the announcement that Public Health England (PHE) is being replaced by a new National Institute for Health Protection

ADPH London have worked in partnership with PHE since its inception and across its full range of functions including health protection, health improvement and data, intelligence and evidence  in order to protect and improve the health of London’s communities, and to help place population health at the heart of policy and decision making in the capital.

Over the past 6 months, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, this collaboration has intensified and the expertise, commitment, hard work and camaraderie of PHE colleagues has been instrumental in supporting Local Authority Public Health Teams to respond to the pandemic, and to put in place the prevention and control  measures necessary to protect Londoners now and in the future. We have immense respect for the skill, dedication and professionalism of our PHE colleagues and deeply value working with them over this exceptional period.

It is therefore with surprise that we hear of this announcement during such a critical time of outbreak preparedness in London and nationally, and the lack of transparent and robust underpinning analysis, or system engagement, that we would expect to see informing such a decision. We are inevitably concerned about the possible disruption this could cause to the crucial Public Health system working arrangements that are in place in London.  We offer our utmost support to our colleagues impacted by these changes in what are already exceptionally difficult and highly pressured circumstances, and thank them for their professionalism and commitment as they continue to deliver their vital work serving the population of London at this time.

Our immediate priority remains to work with partners across the whole public health system to continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, and address the wider impacts on health exacerbated by this disease.  We are also committed to working with our colleagues across the whole Public Health system locally, regionally and nationally to help shape future arrangements to protect and improve the health of Londoners.

Note: This response is from the Association of Directors of Public Health for London, which represents Directors of Public Health (DsPH) in London’s 33 local authorities and supports them to improve and protect the health of their local populations

Award for London Smoking Cessation Transformation Programme (LSCTP)

The Stop Smoking London “Amazing Things Happen” campaign was awarded Bronze at the LG Comms Excellence Awards on Tuesday 5th November. A judging panel from LG Comms, the Local Government Association and Government Communication Service – reviewed more than 80 campaign entries and shortlisted us amongst 20 other winners. The judges said that this was “an extremely well executed campaign with some excellent graphics, messages and digital assets”.

The campaign was developed for the London Smoking Cessation Transformation Programme (LSCTP), commissioned by the London Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH London), to direct Londoners to the Stop Smoking London offer and increase uptake of local and regional services. It was designed upon research commissioned by the Programme which looked into the values and motivations of London smokers. This insight informed all aspects of the campaign – from the design and messaging, to the channel choices and timing. This has led to some fantastic outcomes – the click-through-rate from the digital adverts to the website was 0.29% – double that of the previous year.

An ongoing series of national monthly surveys of smoking and quitting, conducted by the UCL, has found that the implementation of the Stop Smoking London programme was linked to a 10% increase in the quit attempt rate in the first year of its operation from 2017-18. And that this increase was sustained in 2018-19. This increase has largely been attributed to the media campaign. An increase of this size would be expected to result in an additional 3,000 or so quit attempt in 2018-19.

Somen Banerjee, Director of Public Health, London Borough of Tower Hamlets & London Association of Directors of Public Health Lead for Smoking Cessation and Tobacco Control said “We are delighted by the fantastic recognition of the Amazing Things Happen campaign and how well and thoughtfully it has been executed. The partnership approach taken by Directors of Public Health in London facilitated by ADPH London has been critical to our success in developing this campaign and making inroads with London’s smoking population.”

New helpline service supports Londoners to quit smoking

A new Stop Smoking London Helpline service, proudly funded and supported by 30 London Boroughs, has been launched by the Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) London. It forms part of an initiative aimed at finding new ways to help smokers in London who want to quit and has been developed as part of the Stop Smoking Plus model by Professor Robert West of University College London.

The helpline provides a convenient way for Londoners to access good quality, specialist advice on how to quit smoking. It’s also a gateway to finding out more about the range of free and varied support available across the capital.

Trained advisers will work with smokers to understand their habit and signpost them to help in their local area, or offer them the opportunity of telephone-based support if they qualify.

Somen Banerjee, Director of Public Health at Tower Hamlets Council and smoking cessation lead for ADPH London, said: “The aim of the Stop Smoking London helpline is to provide a convenient way for Londoners to get access to high-quality, specialist advice on how to quit smoking. Telephone-based support fits well into people’s busy lifestyles, and is perfect if you’ve always wanted to stop smoking, but aren’t sure how, need regular motivation or someone to give you tips and advice about willpower and other issues associated with quitting.

“If you’re a smoker who wants to kick the habit, you’re not alone. We know there are around 1.3 million smokers in London and roughly one in three of you want to give up. And it’s highly likely that you’ve tried to at least once already. If this is you, don’t let this dishearten you – you can succeed at quitting, and research tells us that you’re much more likely to with the right support.”

Cllr Kevin Davis, London Councils’ Executive member for health, said: “Boroughs are committed to playing their part in improving the health and wellbeing of Londoners. The introduction of this smoking cessation phone line will bring us one step closer to a cigarette-free capital.

“This solution to accessing services demonstrates our commitment to seek innovative ways to develop an alternative response for people to access help, whilst also taking into account the daily pressures of busy life in the capital.”

Smokers can call the local rate number seven days a week – Monday to Fridays from 9am to 8pm and on Saturday and Sunday between 11am and 4pm. For more information about the range of support available for smokers, they can visit

They will be able to speak to a professionally trained advisor to find out what support is available in their area and establish which quit methods will work best, from different types of medication, to mobile apps and specialist programmes.

If smokers live in a participating borough, they will be able to get support from a specialist advisor offering regular one-to-one support over the phone. This means they will be able to arrange call backs at regular intervals throughout their quit attempt.

According to official figures from the Annual Population Survey (Local Tobacco Control Profiles) smoking prevalence in London was 15.2% in 2016, and declining at a rate of 3 percentage points every 4 years which would put prevalence below the target of 5% by 2030.

Stop Smoking London has been developed through the London Smoking Cessation Transformation Programme, which aims to help people in London to stop smoking. It is funded by 30 London boroughs and commissioned by the London Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH).


Award for London Sexual Health Transformation Programme

London Sexual Health Transformation Programme wins industry award

A unique partnership of 27 London councils has received a prestigious award from the Municipal Journal (MJ) for ‘Reinventing Public Services’.

The London Sexual Health Transformation Programme is a collaboration of 27 London boroughs working together to transform the way sexual health services are provided in the capital. They have engaged with patients, clinicians, politicians and commissioners to modernise sexual health services across London.

This has involved developing a new e-service, updating the way local face-to-face services are delivered, agreeing a new clinical specification to ensure best practice and changing the way services are paid for to better reflect the cost of the care being provided.

The online service will allow patients to access information online and register to receive self-sampling kits, reducing the need to attend clinics.   An easy-to-use website will guide people through a risk-assessment process to identify the most clinically appropriate tests for their individual needs. A self-sampling kit will then be posted to them which they can complete in the privacy of their own home, before sealing it and dropping it off at a post box.

Mike Cooke, Chief Executive of Camden and chair of the Transformation Programme said: “Lots of people have worked very hard to deliver this programme and we are all extremely pleased to have won this prestigious award.  This is an excellent example of what local authorities can achieve when we work together.  It is an important step forward as we develop sexual health services across London.  27 boroughs have worked together with clinicians and patients to ensure that we can deliver the best outcomes possible.”

170619 MJ award pic FINAL 

Above: The award is presented by Joanna Lumley to representatives of the programme.  From left to right: Joanna Lumley, Anna Bryden, Jonathan O’Sullivan, Melanie Smith, Gaynor Driscoll, Jan Clark, Mary Cleary Lyons, Mike Cooke, Simon Reid, Ruth Hutt, Laura McGillivray, Adrian Kelly.




London HIV Prevention Programme launches “Do it with a condom” campaign

On 2 January 2017, the London HIV Prevention Programme (LHPP) launched another new campaign – the fourth in just 18 months –focusing on safer sex and condom use. Called “Do it with a condom”, it builds on a successful summer drive promoting HIV testing across London and uses the evidence gathered during evaluation of that campaign in relation to key drivers of behaviour change among our most vulnerable populations.

The new campaign reminds Londoners that, whilst testing is crucial, condoms still play a critical role in providing protection against rising sexually transmitted infections. Between 2011 and 2015, gonorrhoea diagnoses rose by 123% in London (210% among men who have sex with men (MSM)); syphilis went up by 103% in the same period (123% among MSM). Evidence shows that condomless sex is a major factor in sharp rises of all STIs, which is why the LHPP is broadening its scope to focus on this related issue.

The new campaign expands previous advertising to 30 different channels to communicate core messages to our audiences. These range from several digital methods to out of home advertising on London’s transport network, including:

• An updated  website, with information on sexual health and signposting to a sexual health clinic finder
• @DoItLDN (our Twitter account)
• DoItLDN (our Facebook page)
• Out of home advertising across tubes, tube stations, buses and phone kiosks
• Advertising in bars and clubs in London
• Print media advertising and editorial
• Radio advertising and editorial through a partnership with a leading station
• Pay-per-click advertising via Google Search
• Digital, mobile and tablet advertising across websites used by our target groups – men who have sex with men and London’s African communities.

Consultation response – A City for all Londoners

London Healthier High Streets network has published its response to the Mayor of London’s consultation on his vision, A City for all Londoners.

London Healthier High Streets is sponsored by ADPH London and is a public health network for London boroughs working with town planning, licensing, trading standards & environmental health to promote healthier town centres & high streets.

The response welcomes the Mayor’s recognition that London can be a much healthier city and that health inequalities remain a pressing issue. The response advocates that supporting people to make healthier choices and creating a healthier physical environment must be an essential aspect of the London approach.

City for all Londoners – London Healthier High Streets response, 9 Dec 2016

Air quality consultation

ADPH London and London Environment Directors Network (LEDnet) have issued a joint response to the second stage of the Mayor of London’s Air Quality consultation.  Using our collective voice, we are urging for speed of action, London wide solutions to avoid shifting air quality problems to the peripheries of Ultra Low Emission Zones (ULEZs), controlling  the cumulative effect of developments and realising the wider co-benefits for health and the environment.

ADPH London and LEDnet joint AQ Consultation response Dec 2016

Dr Jonathan Hildebrand

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Dr Jonathan Hildebrand passed away at the end of November. Jonathan was the DPH for Kingston upon Thames, Vice Chair of ADPH London, and a Council member of ADPH UK.

On behalf of all of us at ADPH London, we extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends.