Department of Health

Building an international coalition to combat antimicrobial resistance

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Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England, and colleagues Nicole Redhead and Tracy Parker from the Department of Health describe how the UK has worked at home and abroad to galvanise coordinated action against antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Joining forces to fight Ebola

Tackling the most recent Ebola outbreak has been an international effort. The Department for International Development (DFID) is leading the UK response to the crisis in Sierra Leone, working with a range of other departments to fight the virus abroad and on home soil. Jennie Barugh, Head of the Ebola Crisis Unit at DFID explains why cross-departmental collaboration is crucial in stopping the spread of the disease.

From Whitehall to hospital ward

Photograph of Jeremy Hunt talking to a paramedic.

The Department for Health (DH) is pioneering a new Connecting programme to equip its staff with a better understanding of frontline experience. Peter Howitt and Kate Dewit explain why encouraging staff to spend time in delivery organisations is bringing benefits for citizens, delivery organisations and DH staff.

A healthy dose of diplomacy

When Sarasa Poduval was seconded to China, she became the first Department of Health civil servant ever to be seconded outside Europe. She is now Second Secretary, Health and Social Care in the British Embassy Beijing. She writes about what her adventure has taught her about China, the NHS and the importance of keeping your links back home.