Public Health England
Public Health England was set up in April 2013 to protect and improve the nation's health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities.
It is responsible for:
• Making the public healthier by encouraging discussions, advising government and supporting action by local government, the NHS and other people and organisations
supporting the public so they can protect and improve their own health.
• Protecting the nation’s health through the national health protection service, and preparing for public health emergencies.
• Sharing information and expertise with local authorities, industry and the NHS, to help them make improvements in the public’s health.
• Researching, collecting and analysing data to improve understanding of health and come up with answers to public health problems.
• Reporting on improvements in the public’s health so everyone can understand the challenge and the next steps.
• Helping local authorities and the NHS to develop the public health system and its specialist workforce.
Public Health England employs 5,000 staff (full-time equivalent), mostly scientists, researchers and public health professionals. It has eight local centres, plus an integrated region and centre for London, and four regions (north of England, south of England, Midlands and east of England, and London).
Public Health England was established on 1 April 2013 to bring together public health specialists from more than 70 organisations into a single public health service. It works closely with public health professionals in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and internationally.
Public Health England Contacts