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The week at PHE: online highlights, week beginning 2 February 2015

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We’re pleased to bring you our round-up highlighting some of PHE’s online activity from the past week. Here’s your chance to catch up on what you might have missed including:

Stroke campaign
This week we re-launched our Act F.A.S.T campaign, which urges people to call 999 if they notice any signs with the following; Face, Arms or Speech. Learn how to spot the signs by watching the Act F.A.S.T video.

Improving health equality for gay, bisexual and other MSM
Gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) experience significant inequalities relating to their health and wellbeing. This week we launched a MSM action plan to tackle this issue. PHE's Kevin Fenton and Justin Varney discussed the action plan in a new blog.

The MSM action plan was launched at PHE's ‘Improving the health & wellbeing of LGBT people & communities' conference.

World Cancer Day
February 4th was World Cancer Day. People care about cancer and our PHE public opinions survey showed that cancer is the public’s number one health concern. Read our World Cancer Day blog which asked 'Are older people with cancer treated differently?'.


Responding to the risk posed by Ebola requires action both here in the UK and overseas. And though the best way to remove the Ebola risk altogether is beat the virus at its source in West Africa, substantial work goes into preparations for if we see any cases in the UK, such as the recent confirmed case in Glasgow. This week we blogged about some of the PHE staff working behind the scenes to ensure an outbreak like the one we see in West Africa will not happen here.

Earlier last week PHE's Deputy Director of Nursing Joanne Bosanquet took part in a #WeNurses Ebola Tweet chat, joining Chief Nursing Officer Jane Cummings. Catch up with what happened via the We Nurses website.

Each month we issue updated Ebola activity statistics, including data on how many Ebola-related tests we've carried out, with the latest report published on Thursday. We're often asked what a 'suspected' Ebola case means, and this week we blogged about the testing process and the work of our 'Imported Fever Service'.

London’s children
Last Monday PHE's regional director (London) Yvonne Doyle blogged about children, noting that the largest number of preventable accidents are now happening in the most invisible location; people’s homes.

Antimicrobial Resistance
This week we welcomed the publication of a new report  (commissioned by the Prime Minister in 2014). We used the opportunity to explain why everyone should be concerned about antimicrobial resistance.


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  1. Comment by Bren posted on


    The articles cover go some way to show the breadth and depth of Public Health England's work.

    It reflects on the core functions of PHE and what it exists to do and achieve.

    Good on everyone and keep up the great work.

    Best wishes,