Public Health England (PHE)
Tel: 020 7654 8000
Public Health England (PHE) is an operationally autonomous executive government agency of the UK Department of Health, with scientific and technical expertise in different disciplines of public health including communicable and non-communicable disease control, disease surveillance, disease registration, epidemiology, laboratory services, specialist microbiology and vaccines, immunisation programmes, drug and alcohol oversight, cancer and non-cancer screening programmes, health improvement, environmental public health (including chemical and radiation hazards) and emergency response and management. Its mission is to protect and improve the nation’s health and to reduce health inequalities.
- Protecting the public’s health from infectious diseases and other hazards to health
- Improving the public’s health and wellbeing and reducing health inequalities
- Improving population health through sustainable health and care services
- Building the capability and capacity of the public health system
- Tackling obesity
- Reducing smoking
- Reducing harmful drinking
- Ensuring every child has the best start in life
- Reducing dementia risk
- Tackling antimicrobial resistance
- Reducing tuberculosis
- Improving global health security and meeting responsibilities under the International Health Regulations. Examples include work on AMR, mass gatherings, extreme events, climate change, bioterrorism, emergency preparedness and response, new and emerging infections, cross-border threats, and migrant and travel health.
- Responding to outbreaks and incidents of international concern, and supporting the public health response to humanitarian disasters. Examples include PHE’s contribution to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, our support to the Middle East on MERS CoV and our response to requests for assistance through the WHO Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN).
- Building public health capacity, particularly in low and middle-income countries: Examples include our work in Pakistan, staff secondments and support for global health initiatives.
Public Health Wales
Tel: 029 2022 774414
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Wales is a devolved nation within the United Kingdom. Public Health Wales is the national specialist public health service, with functions that span health protection, health and health care improvement, and health intelligence and surveillance. Public Health Wales is a National Health Service Trust, funded by the Welsh government, overseen by a board of executive and non-executive members (who are appointed by the Minister for Health and Social Services).
Working closely with the Welsh Government, Public Health Wales provides direct services in the form of national screening programs, microbiological services, and other patient-focused activities (including the National smoking cessation service). With staff working at all localities across the country, Public Health Wales has close relationships with local government and the voluntary sector, as well as with other national bodies. Public Health Wales has established strong links with the academic sector in Wales, working together to extend research into practice and to ensure that the challenges for practitioners are reflected in the research agenda.
A number of highly specialized units within Public Health Wales provide Wales and UK-wide services, for example in the fields of microbiology and communicable disease surveillance. In addition Public Health Wales “sponsored” units include the Oral Health Information Unit, the Paediatric Surveillance Unit, the All Wales Perinatal Survey, and the All Wales Injury Surveillance Unit.
Public Health Wales works closely with all parts of the health service to improve the quality and safety of services, including the introduction of continuous health improvement methodology (working with a number of global partners including the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in the US).
Public Health Wales has recently been asked by the Welsh government to develop an International Health Coordinating Centre, bringing together all health-related activity that professionals working in Wales are engaged in across the globe. This centre will seek to share knowledge, provide support materials and training, and to network individuals and institutions.
Public Health Wales has been contracted by the European Centre for Disease Control to carry out development work on a proposed Hepatitis B database for the whole of Europe.
- Justin McCracken, UK
- England, Wales Tackle Smoking with STOPTOBER Campaign
- Impact of Childhood Adversity and the First 1000 Days of Life
- Public Health England Publishes National Cardiovascular Disease Profiles
- UVRI's Visibility Fostered by PHE Partnership, IANPHI Support
- Q&A with Director of PHE, Duncan Selbie
- E-Cigarettes: An Emerging Public Health Challenge
United Kingdom Facts
244,820 sq km
LEADING CAUSES OF DEATH:
- Coronary Heart Disease
- Influenza and Pneumonia
- Lung Disease
5 deaths/1,000 live births
AVERAGE LIFE SPAN:
Source: WHO, World Bank, World Health Rankings