The Autumn Edition

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Crisp air, pumpkins and daylight saving!
Yes! October is here and as well as the Rugby it brings our favourite season here at PHAST as we look forward to cosy nights in by the fire.  Having said that, you will see that in this seasons edition we would urge you to get out of the house and attend the inaugural Global Health Film Festival to be launched this year on Oct 30 and 31, it looks set to be an interesting event with an exciting mission to leverage the media of film to spark change in the global health arena.  Another global health forum that has piqued our interest this autumn is the 2 day event on November 13 and 14 hosted by Medact and a number of other organisations who are calling on the UK health community to promote health by confronting war and the root drivers of global insecurity - Health through Peace.  PHAST will certainly be there to contribute what we can to the debate.
But first, the Ultimate Solution for GP Federations is PHAST's Clinical Strategic and Informatics Support Unit. Effective support for GP practices as they federate to protect or enhance their positions is key, as funds are limited and time is of the essence.  PHAST are offering their skills to support these federations by either refining current pathways or by recasting new models of care provision and access thereby saving funds within 1 year.  If you, or indeed your network would like to discuss this further please do get in touch with us today.
Films to Inspire Change
We are inspired this month by what looks set to become the first annual Global Health Film Festival.  The initiative is a partnership between the Royal Society of Medicine, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  We all know that film has the power to communicate stories, stir emotions, inspire action and redress health inequities and this event hopes to leverage that by using film as a catalyst for discussion and change in the global health arena.  The festival launches on October 30th 2015, for registration and programme highlights follow this link.
Shirley Cramer & Layth Hanbali
Our Friends and Associates meeting was a great success, we were delighted to welcome Shirley Cramer CBE and chief executive of the RSPH whose key note outlining the RSPH's vision for health was both informative and thought provoking. You can review the full presentation here.  We also welcomed Layth Hanbali, Medsin's new National Director whose inspirational talk on their mission to create a network of students empowered to effect tangible social and political change in health can be viewed here.

Health through Peace
Some of the PHAST team will be attending a 2 day event hosted by Medact in November; Health though Peace. During the 2 days you can learn and take action on some of the most important issues in the world today and on Saturday there will be the opportunity to hear some of the brightest minds in the world of peace and health speak on the key issues - see the full programme and get early bird tickets by clicking Health through Peace.
Please remember PHAST is here to promote public health and provide high quality public health consultancy, training and support.  If you have any questions, please do contact the management team.

Best Regards,
The PHAST team.

Back to School!

Get your post-summer training booked in now, we are offering the current courses from September onwards:

Transformational Leadership – October 23rd  *FULLY BOOKED - LOOK OUT FOR NEXT COURSE EARLY 2016*

Social Media with Confidence – October 30th

Critical Appraisal - Making Sense of Research Evidence – November 24th

Also Watch This Space for Virtual Classroom (VC) Opportunities:

The first module covered will be Leadership Skills and we will cover four topics in four 2.5 hour VC sessions:

1. Five steps to effective leadership

2. Influencing without authority

3. Handling difficult conversations

4. Selling your ideas in an assertive way

Further information to follow but please do let Marion know at if this is of interest.
Shirley Cramer CBE & Prof. Sue Atkinson at the September Friends and Associates Day

Next Meeting... Date for your diary

Our next Friends and Associates meeting will be held on 10th December. We are delighted to announce guest speaker; Sir J.A Muir Gray CBE covering "The Future of Healthcare 2025".
Sir Muir Gray is the Director of Better Value Healthcare, adviser to Public Health England and Chair of the NHS Health and Social Care Digital Service (responsible for maintaining the NHS Choices website).

This meeting is an opportunity to gain your CPD points. It is a free event open to all PHAST friends and associates, book your place with Grant by emailing him on

For Christmas this year, why not buy friends and family a handmade gift that will help villagers from Tiara. More on our web page

Latest Interim Opportunities with PHAST

Apply today to join our database of Public Health Consultants, we have a growing network of providers looking for high quality interim staff.


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