Each year, the APPG's members select a small number of priority issues that they wish to focus on. In 2013, the following reviews are being conducted, in addition to our ongoing programme of events and responsive briefings:
1. Overseas volunteering in the NHS: We are conducting research to assess the support given to NHS staff who wish to volunteer abroad. This study will involve a review of the co-benefits of overseas volunteering to the NHS and receiving countries, an assessment of the local and national structures to facilitate volunteering and consideration of options of how these could be improved. Expected: July 2013.
2. Conflict and health: In many fragile states around the world the UK provides both armed and humanitarian responses. In recent years, a policy of pursuing an 'integrated' approach between them has been developed, yet exactly what the right balance is between independence and coordination is still unclear. We will be reviewing the links that exist between security and health services at various levels - from strategic to front line. We will take views from the full range of actors who play a role in protecting and rebuilding fragile states, and try to determine how well the current approach is working. Expected: October 2013.
3. 'Health is Global' revisited: The UK's cross-government strategy on global health (2008) was a landmark in our understanding of the extent to which government impacts - and is impacted by - health worldwide. Following a 'refresh' of the strategy in 2011, the APPG will be reviewing progress towards the commitments and recommendations it made. Expected: December 2013.