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Improving People's Health: Applying behavioural and social sciences to improve population health and wellbeing in England

Leadership and delivery organisations

  • Public Health England
  • Faculty of Public Health
  • Association of Directors of Public Health
  • Behavioural Science and Public Health Network
  • Local Goverment Association

Leadership is vital to enhance the delivery of the behavioural and social sciences in the public health system and to embed transdisciplinary approaches. Without a concerted and systematic drive, strengthening practitioners’ capability within the system is likely to be patchy and sporadic. As an initial step, this strategy focuses on the national public sector players, but we recognise that many others – voluntary and community organisations, employers, private sector agencies, faith communities, and more – have a very important part to play. The key stakeholders that contributed to discussions about this strategy, who are acknowledged in the appendix, are grouped as follows:

  • National policy and delivery organisations
  • National professional societies, learned bodies, and networks
  • Research funders, thought leaders, and think tanks
  • Royal Colleges and Academies

The infographic below proposes a systems map of these stakeholders and their primary role in delivering or enabling the use of the behavioural and social sciences in public health (Figure 4).

Figure 4. System map of key stakeholders enabling the use of behavioural and social sciences in public health in England.