Responding to the risk of reducing resource: a study of the evolution of English environmental health services

Plume, Ruth ORCID logoORCID:, Page, Alan ORCID logoORCID: and Garelick, Hemda ORCID logoORCID: (2016) Responding to the risk of reducing resource: a study of the evolution of English environmental health services. ICUR2016 Proceedings - International Conference on Urban Risks. In: International Conference on Urban Risks (ICUR 2016), 30 Jun - 02 Jul 2016, Lisbon, Portugal. ISBN 9789899509412. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Environmental Health services in the UK have been subject to significant resource reduction over the last 3 years. It is suggested that services risk becoming unsustainable unless efficient and effective ways of working are employed. With this in mind this paper presents the findings of research into the experience of practitioners who are developing and delivering evolving environmental health services in English local authorities in the context of deep cutting budget reductions. The research aims to explore the experience of change and identify lessons learnt in the development and execution of new models of environmental health service delivery to mitigate against risks of unsustainable or undeliverable services. Participants were chosen from a range of local authority officers, managers, commissioners and leading members of the professional body who have been closely involved in the planning and delivery stages of environmental health service changes. Interviews were carried out with the participants to capture their experience of change and the impact on service delivery. A range of service delivery models have been examined including outsourcing, shared services, regional delivery models and discussion of mutual arrangements and at various stages of development from planning through to full transformation. Field work was undertaken between June 2014 and November 2015. Thematic analysis of interview transcripts has identified six emergent themes of the experience of change: managing changes effectively; understanding the reasons for change; understanding the nature of environmental health; meaningful consultation; viability of the proposal; planning and timeliness. Environmental health services undergoing transformation may benefit from taking into account the lessons learnt by organisations that have previously undergone significant change in their response to the risk of a reducing resource. The emergent themes are being developed to provide a framework of lessons learnt for environmental health services to consider when making changes to their model of service delivery.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Conference paper published as: Plume, Ruth, Page, Alan and Garelick, Hemda (2016) Responding to the risk of reducing resource: a study of the evolution of English environmental health services. In: ICUR2016 Proceedings - International Conference on Urban Risks. Teves-Costa P., D. Quino & R.A.C. Garcia (Ed.), CERU - European Centre of Urban Risks, Lisbon, pp. 91-98.
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Natural Sciences
Item ID: 20361
Notes on copyright: Permission granted on 19/12/16, by the ICUR 2016 Conference Secretariat to make the attached full text manuscript available in the Middlesex University Research Repository (
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Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2016 17:27
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