Headlines: October 30th, 2014

The ‘What Works Centre for Wellbeing’ is the latest addition to the ‘What Works Network’, which was launched by the Government last year to improve public services through evidence-based policy and practice.

The new centre will soon be commissioning universities to research the impact that different interventions and services have on wellbeing.

Professor Kevin Fenton, Exeutive Director of Health and Wellbeing at Public Health England said: “Public Health England are delighted to be one of the major players in the collaboration supporting the ‘What Works Centre for Wellbeing’, the first of its kind in the world.

The shift to wellbeing is a key aspect of public health and there are clear benefits to this approach. We are keen to see the evidence of what works for wellbeing much more effectively disseminated and adopted across the country. We are confident that this work will lead to better outcomes for health in communities, workplaces and more widely.

We are delighted to be hosting the development team for the centre and are one of several partners providing funding to better understand what works to improve wellbeing and to communicate this to key stakeholders in local areas, local government, health and wellbeing boards, voluntary and community Sector and business partners.”

PHE recently launched its key priorities for improving and protecting the public’s health. Making a shift towards wellbeing and focusing on what helps keep people and communities well is one of the key drivers and opportunities we see going forward.

The Centre has been launched in partnership with BT and Bristol Council.