About public health

The public health functions include:

  • Sexual health services.
  • Drug and alcohol misuse services.
  • Stop smoking services.
  • Local programmes to promote physical activity, healthy eating and weight management.
  • The Healthy Child programme for school age children, including school nurses.
  • Local projects to prevent accidental injury.
  • Local projects to reduce deaths related to the seasons eg cold-related deaths in winter.
  • Infant mortality.

Public health staff also commission services from a range of providers, including other parts of the NHS and the VCS (voluntary and community sector).

The transfer of public health was determined by government under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 as part of a national programme for health reorganisation.

The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) for Bradford and Airedale identifies the health and wellbeing needs of the local population and aims to support the development of services which reduce inequalities.

You can find the latest version of the Director of Public Health's annual report on the Bradford Observatory - Public Health page in the documents section.

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