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About public health

In 2013, Surrey County Council became responsible for a number of Public Health functions:

  • Health improvement for the population of Surrey – especially for the most disadvantaged.
  • Informing and advising all relevant agencies (such as schools, police, nursing homes and the health services) on health protection issues alongside Public Health England. For example, flooding and threats of infectious diseases such as measles, meningitis and TB.
  • Providing professional Public Health advice to the six Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), the borough and district councils and all those who commission health and social care services.

Why is Public Health important?

Public Health improves health and reduces health inequalities by using an evidence based approach to make recommendations on delivery of health and well-being services. Through all of life's stages - from birth, childhood, youth, parenting, later in life and at the end of life – you or your family are likely to access local health and wellbeing services.

What do we do?

The Public Health service works across a number of key areas of health improvement and protection for the population of Surrey. Many of these services are commissioned from third-parties from across the NHS, local government, voluntary and private sectors. The key areas we support are:

  • Breastfeeding
  • National child measurement programme
  • Children and young people (aged 0 to 19 years)
  • Healthy child programme
  • Dental public health
  • Obesity and weight reduction services
  • Health checks
  • Sexual health services
  • Stopping smoking
  • Drug and alcohol support services
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Physical activity
  • Workplace health
  • Preventing excess winter deaths

For public health campaigns visit Healthy Surrey.
For public health registrar placements see Faculty of Public Health trainees in Surrey.

Who do we work with?

We work with local health providers, national and regional health organisations such as NHS England and Public Health England, Clinical Commissioning Groups, district and boroughs, schools, voluntary organisations, emergency services and Healthwatch to make sure that all Surrey residents are well informed and aware of the support available.

Evidence and data

The Public Health Team produce needs assessments which provide expert advice and intelligence for health and well-being commissioners to make effective decisions on how they spend health services funding. We contribute to, alongside council colleagues, the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, which identifies the current and future health and social care needs of Surrey's population and analyses whether needs are being met locally.

As a local authority we have a duty to improve the health of the population we serve in Surrey. To help us do this, we use data and information from a range of sources including the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) and hospitals to understand more about the nature and causes of disease and ill health in Surrey and to support our public health function. This includes data provided to Surrey County Council from the HSCIC / ONS from birth and death registrations. Patients have the rights to object to their data being shared.

If you want to know more about how we handle data at Surrey County Council please read see our Access to Information pages.