November 2009: Issue 7News and Updates
Preventing obesity: whole system approaches
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is the independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on the promotion of good health and the prevention and treatment of ill health. The responsibility of the Centre for Public Health Excellence is to develop evidence based public health guidance.
As part of this work the Department of Health has asked NICE to develop intervention and programme guidance across a range of public health topics.
The topic we are writing to you about is Preventing obesity: whole system approaches.
We feel that your organisation may have a particular interest in this work, and are therefore contacting you to alert you to this forthcoming Public Health Programme and to encourage your organisation to participate in the guidance production process by registering as a stakeholder.
You can obtain additional information relating to this programme by visiting our website here:
To register as a stakeholder for this guidance, please fill in the short online registration form on our website here: NICE Public Health Stakeholder Registration Form
By registering as a stakeholder, you will be invited to:
¦ Attend the initial stakeholder meeting to discuss the draft scope on
the 27 January 2010
¦ Comment on the draft scope, which is currently being developed and
which sets out what the guidance will, and will not cover. (The consultation period on the draft scope will last 4 weeks, from 15 Jan - 12 Feb 2010
¦ Review the stakeholder list and suggest other relevant organisations
that may be interested in contributing to the development of the guidance
¦ Comment on and submit additional evidence for consideration of the
draft synopsis of evidence
¦ Comment on the draft recommendations
We would also like to draw your attention to the advertisement for a chair for the programme development group (PDG) for this guidance, which is now live on our website (
, closing date is 11 November 2009). We will be advertising for PDG members in January 2010. NICE is committed to the values of equality and diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.
Project Coordinator - Centre for Public Health Excellence National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence Midcity Place| 71 High Holborn | London WC1A 6NA | United Kingdom
Tel: 44 (0) 207 045 2138 | Fax: 44 (0) 845 003 7784
Funding opportunities from the NIHR Health Technology Assessment and Public Health Research programmes
The National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment
(HTA) and Public Health Research (PHR) programmes are inviting obesity evaluation research proposals. The Office for the Strategic Co-ordination of Health Research has prioritised obesity for further research and Healthy Weight, Healthy Lives: A cross-government research and surveillance plan for England was published in 2008.
Research proposals to this call must be within the remit of the HTA or PHR programme. Both programmes focus on evaluation, with an interest in cost-effectiveness. The research should be designed to inform NHS and/or public health decision-makers.
The HTA programme evaluates interventions in the NHS and the PHR programme evaluates public health interventions delivered in other settings. The call is open to evidence syntheses, pilot and feasibility studies as well as full primary evaluation studies.
The deadline for receiving all applications is 1pm on Wednesday 20 January 2010. The precise scope of the call is outlined in the joint specification which is available from
If you have any queries please contact:
HTA Themed Call team
Tel: 023 8059 5621 (24-hour answer phone)
Tel: 023 8059 9697 (24-hour answer phone)
The Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families Ed Balls has announced that personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education will be made compulsory in schools from September 2011. It will become part of the National Curriculum and will cover: leading healthier lifestyles; body image and health issues; managing personal finance; careers education; avoiding harm from alcohol and drugs; and sex and relationships.
Training and Events
Breakfast Club Master Class
20th November, Government Office for the West Midlands
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The event is free but a £50 charge will be made for non attendance /
Launch of Evaluation of WM Child Weight Management Interventions
Earlier in the year DH West Midlands commissioned Worcester University to undertake an evaluation of the various child weight management (CWM) interventions in place across the region.
The final report will be launched at an event on the morning of Thursday, 4 February 2010 at BVSC, Birmingham city centre. It is intended that the launch will include a short outline of each of the various CWM programmes evaluated and David Elliott will be making contact with leads about this in due course.
Education for Health's Improving Health Module
This module has been funded by WM TPHN. It has been developed by Warwickshire PCT and Education for Health, aimed at practitioners delivering at levels 1 - 5 of the Public Health Skills & Career Framework. The module is currently in the pilot phase, an early evaluation will be available in January 2010. For further information please contact Education for Health, details on the flyer. /
WMPHO Public Health Information Workshop: Themed Observatories –
26th November 2009 14:00 - 16:00
Birmingham Research Park, Room B
Vincent Drive Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2SQ
The session will include an introduction to APHO and the regional observatories, and then we will be introducing you to the various APHO associated themed observatories. The agenda for the session will include:
14.00-14.05 Welcome and Introductions
14.05-14.20 APHO and Regional Observatories
14.20-14.40 Mental Health Observatory
14.40-15.00 IOBI (Injury Observatory Britain and Ireland)
15.15-15.35 ChiMat(Child and Maternal Health Observatory)
15.35-15.55 NOO(National Obesity Observatory)
Complete online booking form to book a place
Food and health snippets
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Warwickshire Food News /
Obesity News Update /
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