Bridging the gap

Protecting the nation from public health threats
Bridging the gap:  Protecting the nation from public health threats

The third report in our future of public health series examines the UK’s policies and approach to health protection including the availability of the specialist resources, knowledge and skills needed to tackle the many diverse and challenging public health threats.

The pandemic exposed critical gaps in the health protection system, including workforce and funding shortages, a lack of surveillance capacity, and fragmented and unclear accountabilities. However, the response resulted in unprecedented government spending and generated some highly innovative solutions. These include, the extraordinary pace of vaccine development and the impressive rollout of the vaccination programme, the rapid adoption of digital and diagnostic technologies and the effective use of data, genomics and science.

This report examines the changes, complex challenges and suggested solutions affecting health protection at the national and local level.

“Bringing together the national public health science and response capabilities presents a real opportunity to learn lessons, build on the strengths and re-prioritise health protection more effectively.”
Karen Taylor Head of the Deloitte UK Centre for Health Solutions

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Bridging the gap: Protecting the nation from public health threats

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Next steps

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Overview

Read the previous report

Identifying the gap: Understanding the drivers of inequality in public health

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Key contacts

Sara Siegel

Health and Social Care Sector Leader

Karen Taylor

Director, UK Centre for Health Solutions

Karen Kirkham

Partner and Chief Medical Officer, Clinical Lead Partner for Integrated Care, UK Health and Social Care

Samrina Bhatti

Samrina Bhatti

Manager, UK Centre for Health Solutions