One of the big changes that spring (and the coalition government) has introduced to UK healthcare is the shift in responsibility for public health. The remit for this work lay previously with the NHS but it has now been moved to local government. This means that budgets for public health research and interventions will be transferred. Professionals working for local authorities will have to decide how money can be best spent to improve the health and wellbeing of their local populations. This might include, for example, health promotion campaigns around diet, physical activity, smoking, drugs and alcohol usage.
Health psychologists can contribute to designing and evaluating new programmes or adapting existing ones to make them more locally appropriate. For some more information on the changes and how they may affect you, see the updates at the Local Government Association’s website.