CPOC Green Paper response

The Centre for Perioperative Care (CPOC) released its first policy document in response to the Government Green Paper Advancing our Health: Prevention in the 2020s. In recent years, the government has moved from a prevention-based system to focus its efforts on immediate, acute demand. CPOC sees the Green Paper as a chance for the government to rebalance its practice and work towards delivering proactive, predictive, and personalised prevention.

The commitments outlined in the Green Paper, combined with those in NHS England’s Long-Term Plan, recognise the key role the NHS has to play in reducing health inequalities and tackling obesity, smoking and alcohol intake. CPOC’s response encourages the government to actively support and facilitate the adoption of a pathway based perioperative care approach, which embeds prevention into routine practice.

Perioperative care can offer practical solutions in delivering prevention and improving the health of populations. By empowering the millions of patients undertaking a surgical procedure each year to adopt healthier lifestyles and change behaviour ahead of their operation, the NHS can improve patient care and population health, while reducing costs.

Read CPOC's response here »