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Summary notes of UK Health Forum policy and members meetings are available to download for the following meetings:


UK Health Forum Annual General Meeting - December

At our AGM in December 2014, our members heard presentations from two newly joined UKHF member organisations – British Liver Trust and Arthritis Research UK - and from Cancer Research UK’s new policy research centre for prevention.

Following up two major reports that put the prevention of avoidable ill-health at the heart of plans for the NHS and Public Health England over the next five years, the speakers commented on meeting the challenge of how we put prevention at the centre of policy decisions. 

Our impact report 2013-14 is available here

PDF files of the slide presentations are available below:

CRUK policy research for cancer prevention
- Cancer Research UK
Jyotsna Vohra, Head, Policy Research Centre for Cancer Prevention

Putting Prevention First - over 90% of Liver Disease could be prevented - British Liver Trust
Andrew Langford, Chief Executive Officer

A public health approach to musculoskeletal condition - Arthritis Research UK
Dr Benjamin Ellis, Senior Clinical Policy Advisor
Tracey Loftis, Head of Policy and Public Affairs

Expert meeting - Promoting brain health: Developing a prevention agenda linking dementia and non-communicable diseases - January

On 30 January 2014, the UK Health Forum and Public Health England hosted a joint meeting as part of a programme of work to systematically explore integrating the shared prevention aspects of dementia with other NCDs in terms of research, policy and practice.

Blackfriars Consensus on promoting brain health: Reducing risks for dementia in the population


Global overview of dementia and NCDs and the research agenda on prevention 

  1. Dementia - A global challenge - Marc Wortmann, Executive Director, Alzheimer's Disease 
  2. Preventing cardiovascular diseases globally - gains achieved from tackling the major risk factors - Simon Capewell, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, University of Liverpool
  3. UK Health Forum dementia prevention science and policy review - Oliver Mytton, Honorary Specialty Registrar, Centre for Diet and Activity Research, University of Cambridge
  4. A charity perspective on the dementia prevention science and policy review - James Pickett, Head of Research, Alzheimer's Society

Developing consensus on nationwide framework for policy, research, practice

  1. Promoting brain and cardiovascular health and preventing cognitive impairment in Finland - Lessons from the FINGER study - Miia Kivipelto, Professor of Clinical Geriatric Epidemiology, Karolinska Institute in Sweden
  2. Preventing dementia in Wales - Phil Chick, Mental health development lead for Wales, Public Health Wales
  3. Findings of a UK public health workforce survey on awareness of the links between dementia and NCDs prevention and needs analysis for integrating action - Modi Mwatsama, Director - Global Health, UK Health Forum


UK Health Forum Annual General Meeting

At our AGM on Thursday 5 December 2013, there were presentations and discussion among members on two topical themes:

Dr Shahed Ahmad, DPH for Enfield,  and Cllr Jonathan McShane, who chairs the Community and Wellbeing Board of the Local Government Association, spoke about progress and challenges for the new local public health agenda.

In the afternoon, Emily Robinson, deputy chief executive at Alcohol Concern presented examples of how children and young people are exposed to alcohol marketing.  Colin Mitchell from Oxford University presented legal perspectives on the regulation of food and drink advertising to children.

PDF files of the slide presentations for each speaker can be viewed below:


National Heart Forum Members meeting: Diet, Physical and Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Europe: What is the role of food taxes?

Further information - meeting report

This meeting arose from the European Heart Health Strategy II project which has received co-funding from the European Union, in the framework of the Health Programme. Sole responsibility for this meeting and subsequent report lies with the National Heart Forum; the Executive Agency is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained herein.


National Heart Forum members and DH third sector strategic partners meeting: The Govenment's strategy for Public Health in England (17 February)

Further information (PDF 175Kb)

See also: UKHF Public Health White Paper page


Lancet Series on chronic diseases and development (9-10 November)

Further information

National Heart Forum members meeting: Alcohol and chronic diseases - costs and consequences (17 June)

Download meeting summary notes (PDF 125Kb)

National Heart Forum Seminar: Healthy Built Environments (1 June)

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National Heart Forum members meeting: Legislation or voluntary action? Policy perspectives from the US and UK on food formulation and nutritional menu labelling, with a special focus on artificial trans fats (21 October)

Download meeting summary notes (PDF 76.3Kb)

National Heart Forum members meeting: Fish: dietary advice and dwindling marine stocks - How do we manage the policy conflicts? (11 September)

Download meeting summary notes (PDF 75Kb)


National Heart Forum members meeting: Vitamin D and chronic disease (12 December)

Download meeting summary notes (PDF 144Kb)