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Key Concepts in Public Health identifies fifty key concepts used across the discipline of public health in order to give the reader a broad perspective of the core topics relevant to training and practice. From epidemiology to health promotion, and ethics to leadership, the book offers an exciting guide to the multiprofessional field. Each entry features a snapshot definition of the concept, a broader discussion addressing the main issues and links to practice, key points relevant to the entry, case studies to illustrate the application to practice, and examples of further reading.

Commissioning and Public Health
Commissioning and public health
FrancesWilson, and MoyraBaldwin
Definition

The chapter will consider commissioning in the context of promoting public health and wellbeing where the focus is to keep people healthy and independent not just to treat them when they are ill (DH, 2007a). Commissioning takes place at individual, local and strategic levels and demands partnership working between key organisations including the Primary Care Trusts (PCTs), practice-based commissioners (PBCs), local authorities and third-sector providers. Commissioning is essential to the future organisation and delivery of appropriate and effective health and social care services for individuals, communities and populations. It is the means by which providers of care can secure and offer the ‘best value’ (DH, 2006a, 2007b; Primary Care Group London Network for Nurses and Midwives, ...

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