Economic development officers and public health teams are failing to engage, missing vital opportunities to extend the reach of health, as Lucy Terry explains  It’s hard to find a part of local government that doesn’t affect our health in some way. From support for children and parents, to the maintenance of local parks and leisure centres, and the development of new housing – all of these have considerable influence over people’s physical or mental health. In recognition of this, in 2013 public health officially moved over from the NHS to local authorities. Many thought this would be an opportunity to build relationships with the huge range of local services which influence people’s health. But public health teams had previously worked in a very different NHS environment and there were concerns that the transition over to local government would be difficult. Could public health teams develop effective relationships within local government? … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Lucy Terry is senior researcher at the New Local Government Network