Health System Prevention Strategy

A Health System Prevention Strategy for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough (4.39 MB) was produced in January 2016 in recognition of the impact of preventable ill health on the local health economy and to identify opportunities for action.

Health System Prevention Strategy for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Significant proportions of ill health and health service activity are potentially preventable. A recent Public Health England Lancet publication about the global burden of disease found that 40% of the NHS workload is potentially preventable, yet the proportion of health expenditure directed at prevention, although hard to estimate reliably, is probably closer to 4%. [1]

Prevention, at all levels has been recognised as critical to building a sustainable health system. NHS England’s Five Year Forward View states that ‘The future health of millions of children, the sustainability of the NHS, and the economic prosperity of Britain all now depend on a radical upgrade in prevention and public health.’ 

The objectives of producing the strategy were:

  • To identify the savings to the NHS, where possible, from current and planned prevention initiatives.

  • To identify areas/interventions for potential additional NHS investment in prevention which would maximise savings to the local NHS over the next three, five, 10 years and beyond.

  • Identify areas and initiatives for potential stretch and outline the strategy for delivering these including projected savings to the NHS, where possible.


[1] Changes in health in England, with analysis by English regions and areas of deprivation, 1990-2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. John N Newton et al. The Lancet. September 15, 2015 (15) 00195-6.