A decade since the UK Government's Behavioural Insights Team became the first in the world dedicated to applying behavioural science to public policy, BIT CEO David Halpern identifies the policy ‘unicorns’ – the successful ‘nudges’ prompted by behavioural insights.
Protecting and improving public health is the work of the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC), a little-known body that played a leading part in containing the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Professor Chris Whitty, interim Government Chief Scientific Adviser (GCSA) and CSA at the Department of Health, looks at how government scientific capability has been applied during national and international crises.
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).
We are all too familiar with New Year’s resolutions to stop smoking, drink less alcohol, or exercise more. Professor Kevin Fenton, Director of Health and Wellbeing at Public Health England, discusses some of the techniques used to help motivate people to make the healthy changes they need and turn them into longer lasting habits.
The Department of Health is leading the development of a $100 million global Dementia Discovery Fund. Siobhan Jones, Deputy Director of the Dementia Fund at the Department Health explains how they plan to use private investment to deliver positive social returns.
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.