Every month the Network will feature a guest blog written by an individual working within the South West public health system. You will find a range of topics relating to public health, and the wider health and social care system, with the aim of promoting shared learning, encouraging debate and exchange of views, and building a vibrant and empowered South West public health community.
If you are interested in submitting a guest blog, please contact us by clicking on the 'more information' link on the right.

Defeating an Elephant

  • Date: 28 Nov 2017
  • Author: Tim Wood

"The evidence tells us that we should be asking about ACEs, which in turn gives the professional and the individual concerned a common understanding of root causes, and a common approach to being able to tackle them." Insp Tim Wood on how the evidence of ACEs can help professionals and the individuals concerned to tackle the problem.

Creating a new community for Healthcare Data Analysts

  • Date: 31 Oct 2017
  • Author: Anna Coltman

"It’s not enough to maintain the status quo, where analysts routinely fulfil reporting requirements. STPs/ Accountable Care Systems / Vanguards etc require more sophisticated modelling and analysis. Leaders and decision-makers need access to meaningful insights, enabling them to make informed strategic decisions." Anna Coltman, Project Manager on the changes to analyst requirements.

The Only Way is Ethics!

  • Date: 2 Oct 2017
  • Author: Bruce Laurence

"...there is no better time than now to be thinking about ethical principles that might guide our personal thinking and professional practice in changing times…" Bruce Laurence, Director of Public Health, discusses the ethical dimension in public health decision making.