The Government sets out its vision for a future Public Health Service
At a time when obesity rates and sexual transmitted infections continue to rise, the new Public Health Service will tackle the inequalities that exist in health today, and help people live longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives.
Communities will play a key role in the new system, which will have a clear focus on prevention and reducing inequalities and will work across Government to address the wider social determinants of health.
The publication sets out progress in developing the new public health system, including:
- clarifying the new leadership role for local authorities and their directors of public health, across health improvement, health protection and population health advice to the NHS
- proposals for commissioning public health services
- establishing a new integrated public health service, Public Health England, to drive improvements in health and protect against health threats
- clear principles for emergency preparedness, resilience and response.