The Public Health Directorate forms part of the Chief Executive's Office of the Department of Health.
The Directorate defines four overlapping domains in which public health professionals practice:
Encompasses Communicable Disease Control, Immunisation and Vaccination and assists with (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) incidents including deliberate acts.
Improving the health status of the population, including looking at lifestyle issues (e.g. smoking, obesity). Legislation, Wider influences on health (e.g. housing, education). Health Impact Assessment: How policies, strategies and projects of other departments / agencies affect health.
Studying large volume of data across the government relating to Health. Identify the need to convert the data into information which can be used. We have also set up links with the UK North West Public Health Observatory who will help to produce a number of Health Indicators.
Identifying the separation of strategic planning from operational management, looking at UK models and decide if these need modification looking at Health Needs Assessment, Securing services to meet the health needs and studying Quality and outcome monitoring.
We need good quality information and preliminary work is now in progress.
The following documents have been produced by the Department of Health and work is progressing on their implementation:
- Strategy for the Future of Health Services in Isle of Man
- National Cancer Plan
- Physical Activity Strategy
- Plan for Tackling Childhood Overweight and Obesity in the Isle of Man
A new National Mental Health Plan which will set out to set a strategic direction for improving Mental Health of Isle of Man residents should become available towards the end of 2013.
Requests for Printed Resources and Literature Items
Electronic and printed copies of all of our documents can be sourced by sending an email request to: email@example.com or by calling +44 1624 642139 or +44 1624 642645.
To view the latest literature items available view a copy of our Resources Catalogue at the link above.