Richard Harling, director, adult services and health, Worcestershire County Council and Adrian Phillips, director of public health, Birmingham.

This workshop will prompt discussion and share examples about how close working between public health and adult social care can bring practical benefits. Public health has returned to local government. The transfer included staff with specialist skills as well as statutory responsibilities and the Ring Fenced Grant. Staff can apply evidence to develop strategy and influence service change. This can bring a fresh perspective to adult social care and help ensure that dwindling
resources are used effectively. With their insider knowledge of the HS, they can also contribute to integrating health and social care. At the same time adult social care holds a wealth of knowledge about communities, which will be invaluable to improving health. Staff can contribute to identifying local health issues and the assets that can be brought to bear to tackle them. They can also help public health professionals understand the culture and practices of local government and how to get things done.