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Department of Health and Social Care


December 2019

In November 2018 the Government set out its vision for preventing ill-health. This focus on prevention is central to delivering the ambition of ensuring that people can enjoy at least five extra healthy, independent years of life by 2035, whilst narrowing the gap between richest and poorest.

The NHS Long Term Plan sets out a more preventative, integrated and locally-empowering approach to population health, meaning GP surgeries, hospitals and care homes all working more closely with local authorities, schools, businesses, and charities. It also commits the NHS
to increasing expenditure on primary medical and community services faster than other parts of the health system.

The Long Term Plan therefore underlines the critical part the NHS has to play in securing
good population health and disease prevention. This agreement between the Secretary of
State for Health and Social Care and NHS England enables NHS England to commission
certain public health services that will drive improvements in population health, including
our world-leading childhood and adult immunisation programmes, and screening
programmes which span the many opportunities to detect and act on high risk of serious
diseases across the life-course.