The Department is addressing the growing burden of non-communicable diseases by tackling the common underlying risk factors and wider social and environmental determinants. The primary focus is on prevention, with actions directed at reducing tobacco use, harmful consumption of alcohol and physical inactivity and improving diet and nutrition. We have also established the Responsibility Deal, in partnership with commercial and voluntary organisations and public health professionals, to support people to change their behaviour and achieve real sustained improvements in public health.
In the national health service, we are strengthening our primary care—putting the patient at the heart of service delivery. The NHS Health Check programme aids early detection of diabetes, cardiovascular and kidney diseases and timely intervention through integrated patient care while maintaining the focus on equity and the most vulnerable.
Internationally, working with Department of International Development, we are helping developing countries to build health systems that can meet the challenge of non-communicable disease and all causes of ill health.