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  Developing a new public health intelligence system in the North West of England   Health Statistics Users Group 25 th  March 2011 James Mechan Head of Public Health Intelligence  Drivers PH White paper states that PH England; ã‘will continue working closely with the full range of public health partners involved in surveillance, monitoring, evaluation and intelligence in order to develop a clear approach for information and intelligence ã‘will work to eliminate gaps and overlaps and to develop the specialist workforce required’ ã will bring together public health functions that are carried out in different parts of the system at present into a new, streamlined whole so as to remove duplication and drive efficiencies and innovation  Drivers Importantly it states that ã‘Public Health England offers a unique opportunity to draw together the existing complex information, intelligence and surveillance functions performed by multiple organisations into a more coherent form and to make evidence more easily available to those who will use it, in a form that makes it most likely to be used. ã The White Paper also describes the role of public health evaluation and research as being critical in enabling public health practice to develop into the future and address key challenges and opportunities, such as how to handle the wider determinants of health and how to use behaviour change science to support better practice    The Current System in the North West ã Recent mapping exercise by LJMU (Nov 2010) suggests a total public health analytical capacity of 89.8 wte  – 27.2 wte at regional / sub-regional level (incl. NWPHO)  – 24.1 wte in Cheshire and Merseyside  – 2.6 wte in Cumbria  – 10.1 wte in Lancashire  – 25.8 wte in Greater Manchester ã  Almost 50% reduction in total number of analysts between March and November 2010  –  still reducing ã Decrease particularly evident in posts at Grades 6 and 7 ã Major reduction in analysts in training posts
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