Yorkshire & Humber ADsPH Harmful Gambling Working Group

In January 2018, Public Health England (Yorkshire and Humber) with Leeds City Council, organised a Problem Gambling Masterclass to share ideas and showcase activity. This masterclass was the start of further collaborative work across the region.

Following the Masterclass, Yorkshire and Humber’s Association of Directors of Public Health established a Harmful Gambling Working Group, initially chaired by the Leeds Director of Public Health (and now currently Greg Fell, Sheffield City Council). This provided an opportunity to share activities and learning on a range of topics relevant to gambling-related harm such as licensing, children and young people, migrants, students, gaming, and workplace health. The group has offered practical help to each other, shared campaign materials (e.g. Leeds ‘Beat the Odds’ campaign), and Joint Strategic Needs Assessment chapters (Sheffield, Hull, Calderdale). Doncaster Council facilitated joined up work on a local schools surveys, aiming for consistency of questions asked across the region.

In September 2019, the group published The Yorkshire and Humber Association of Directors of Public Health: Public Health Framework for Gambling Related Harm Reduction. This was designed to translate the Gambling Commission’s Measuring Gambling Related Harms: A framework for action into a public health framework of practical actions, providing a consistent approach to harm across the region.

The group strongly welcomes the Royal Society for Public Health’s Gambling Health Alliance and looks forward to collaborating with this group in future. Our work so far as a region, with PHE and the Gambling Commission has shown we are stronger together and we are glad to build this alliance further on a national scale.