Members of HINST Associates are all qualified and experienced professionals and can provide: systematic analysis of current situation; planning strategies to make tangible change; advice on the use of resources and evidence-based information; support in implementation; facilitation of workshops on key disease areas and wider determinates of health to support service planning; health inequalities awareness raising; subject expert change management.
The resources developed by the team are available on the Resources Page and demonstrate the range of areas to which HINST Associates are able to bring support. Additionally, members of HINST Associates bring the benefits of a variety of previous backgrounds in health, local authorities and the independent sector to the interpretation of the health inequality agenda. Other former members of the team remain in contact with the Associates and their additional expertise will also be available to clients.
Other former members of the team (Jan Smithies, Terry Blair-Stevens, Lucy Gate, Ann Goodwin, Neil Grahame) remain in contact with the Associates and their additional expertise ( including Community Engagement, Seasonal Excess Deaths and Behaviour Change) will also be available to clients.
• Whole system review and support for strategic needs assessment to address health and wellbeing improvement, health inequalities, and population healthcare
• Local interpretation of national outcomes frameworks, and development of plausible local outcomes
• Support to pragmatic development of health and wellbeing strategies
• Organisational development of Health and Wellbeing Boards towards health improvement and addressing health inequalities
• Support to Clinical Commissioning Groups for addressing population level outcomes, and duty to address inequalities in access and outcomes
• Facilitation of large or small-scale events and workshops to design system or service change
• Support in utilising HINST resources, e.g. ‘how to’ guides, modelling tools and workbooks. Sharing knowledge and experience of best practice in tackling health improvement and addressing health inequalities. Bespoke training in practical planning to address health inequalities in clinical areas (CHD; stroke; diabetes etc), behaviours (tobacco; alcohol) and social determinants (employment; housing; income and debt; offenders).
• Bringing considerations of system, scale and sustainability into planning for population outcomes
• Systematic approaches to community engagement
Proven track record at addressing population health improvement and addressing health inequalities; population impact of healthcare services, and addressing variations in access and outcomes; whole system reviews and consequent pragmatic planning; facilitation of effective whole system events and focussed workshops; comparative policy development at local, regional and national levels; cross-sectoral engagement in the health and wellbeing agenda; bringing considerations of system and scale to services and community engagement.
Chris qualified in Medicine at University College Hospital, London in 1977, and worked in London Teaching Hospitals until 1981, having achieved Membership of the Royal College of Physicians. There then followed seven years in Somalia, initially working in the refugee health programme, with Save the Children Fund, and subsequently developing village-based health care with UNICEF, completing the tour as Advisor to the Somali Government on Primary Health Care.
Returning to London in 1989, he trained in Public Health in Bloomsbury and the London School of Hygiene/London School of Economics. On receiving Membership of the Faculty of Public Health, Chris was appointed Director of Public Health in Worthing, and kept the Directors job as three Districts merged up to form West Sussex Health Authority. In 1998, he moved to become DPH in Sheffield and the challenge of inner-city public health. He became Director of Public Health for South Yorkshire Strategic Health Authority on its formation in 2002. In 2006, following successes in reducing health inequalities in his area, Chris was asked to head up the Health Inequalities National Support Team which supported Local Strategic Partnerships in the 80 most deprived Local Authorities with the poorest health in England in addressing national and local inequalities targets. In 2010 the Team were able to translate the learning and materials to make them relevant to commissioners and providers in the new policy context. Subsequently Chris was an advisor to the Public Health Development Unit and the Public Health England Transition Team at the Department of Health, and continues on a number of national bodies, including the Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation (ACRA) and the DPH Advisory Group to DH.
Chris was awarded a Visiting Chair in Public Health at Sheffield Hallam University in 2007, where he supports the Public Health Hub. He is currently working as an independent consultant.View Professor Chris Bentley FRCP, FFPH's LinkedIn Profile