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Public Health England (PHE) commissioned RAND Europe to undertake a horizon scanning study exploring the future of public health and related scientific services. This work was intended to help inform thinking at the strategic level within PHE, firstly in relation to the wider vision of the Agency (which was only established in April 2013) and, secondly, in relation to the proposals for the creation of an integrated public health science hub.

The report is based on a literature review, a brief Delphi exercise using the ExpertLens platform and key informant interviews with a range of PHE staff and external experts. It focuses on the different future public health science needs and the extent to which an integrated science hub could serve PHE as it evolves over the next twenty years. Thus, the report considers PHE's future remit and objectives in order that decisions about an integrated and co-located science hub be made in context and with reference to expert perceptions about the future.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One


  • Chapter Two

    Insights in context

  • Chapter Three

    Insights from stakeholders

  • Chapter Four

    Horizon scanning future scientific and technological trends: literature review

  • Chapter Five


  • Chapter Six

    Cross-cutting themes and findings

  • Appendix A

    Insights from key informant interviews

  • Appendix B

    Interview Protocol

  • Appendix C

    ExpertLens Protocol

  • Appendix D

    PHE Areas of Activity and Directorates

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