Who we are and what we do
We work to protect and improve the health and wellbeing of the whole population rather than treating the individual.
Public Health is about:
- improving the health and wellbeing of the population;
- understanding what makes us healthy, what makes us sick, and what we can do about it together; and
- reducing health inequalities in our population.
This work is split into the Four Domains for Public Health:
- Health Intelligence
- Health Improvement (Drugs and Alcohol, Healthy Weight, Sexual Health, and Stop Smoking)
- Health Protection (Communicable Disease, Vaccinations, Travel Advice and Bowel Screening)
- Healthcare Public Health (Evidence based advice, Clinical Recommendations Committee)
How do we do this?
- We measure and analyse local population data to understand health needs, inequalities, and protect against risks to health and wellbeing.
- We use best evidence to inform, shape and influence local policy and strategy development.
- We work in partnership bringing together specialist skills and people from a wide range of backgrounds who share the common goal of improving the health of individuals, communities and the environment.
- We look at the effectiveness of what we do by monitoring and evaluating changes. We use this information to make improvements in the future.
- We work to reduce health inequalities in our population.
- Reducing Inequalities
- Focus on Prevention
- Focus on Early Intervention
- Intelligence-driven practice — understanding our population's needs
- Evidence-led practice — doing the right things
- Focus on outcomes and evaluation – doing things right
- Responsibility for Health and Wellbeing