Skip to main content

Research Repository

Advanced Search

Searching for sustainability within public health policy: insights from an injury prevention perspective

Errington, Gail; Evans, Catrin; Watson, Michael W.

Authors

Gail Errington ntxge1@nottingham.ac.uk

Michael W. Watson



Abstract

Background: Sustaining public health programmes in the long-term is key to ensuring full manifestation of their intended benefits. Although an increasing interest in sustainability is apparent within the global literature, empirical studies from within the European setting are few. The factors that influence sustainability are generally conceptualized at three levels: programme level, the immediate context and the wider environment. To-date attention has focused primarily on the former two. Using a community-based child injury prevention programme in England as an exemplar, this paper explores the concept of sustainability within the wider policy environment, and considers the impact of this on local programmes.
Methods: A content review of global and UK national public health policies (1981–2014) relevant to child safety was undertaken. Interviews were held with senior representatives of global and UK agencies involved in developing child safety policy. Results Forty-nine policies were reviewed. The term ‘sustain’, or its derivatives, featured in 36 (73%) of these. Its’ use however, related primarily to conservation of resources rather than continued programme operation. Potential mechanisms for supporting programme sustainability featured within some documents; however, the approach to sustainability was inconsistent between policies and over time. Policy stakeholders identified programme sustainability as relevant to their core business, but its’ conceptualization varied according to individual interpretation.
Conclusions: Programme sustainability is poorly addressed within global and UK-based public health policy. Strengthening a national and international policy focus on sustainability and incorporating sustainability into public health planning frameworks may create a more supportive environment for local programmes.

Citation

Errington, G., Evans, C., & Watson, M. W. (in press). Searching for sustainability within public health policy: insights from an injury prevention perspective. European Journal of Public Health, https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/ckw123

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 27, 2016
Online Publication Date Aug 19, 2016
Deposit Date Nov 21, 2016
Publicly Available Date Nov 21, 2016
Journal European Journal of Public Health
Print ISSN 1101-1262
Electronic ISSN 1464-360X
Publisher Oxford University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/ckw123
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/38849
Publisher URL http://eurpub.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2016/08/18/eurpub.ckw123
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in European Journal of Public Health following peer review. The version of record Searching for sustainability within public health policy: insights from an injury prevention perspective /
Gail Errington, Catrin Evans, Michael C Watson is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/ckw123

Files

European Journal of Public Health.pdf (159 Kb)
PDF

Copyright Statement
Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf





You might also like



Downloadable Citations