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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.
  • Providing information and advice to relevant agencies (including schools and care homes) to ensure all parties respond effectively to protect the health of the local population. This duty supports Public Health England, the agency who leads the local health protection response. Health protection issues can include 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
  • End of life care

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

For details of public health agreement specifications visit Public Health Agreement Specifications 2018-19

Who do we work with?

We work with local health providers, national and regional health organisations such as NHS England, NHS Digital and Public Health England, Clinical Commissioning Groups, district and boroughs, schools, voluntary organisations, emergency services and Healthwatch Surrey 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.

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

Data Protection

Our privacy notice tells you what to expect when we, as the council, process information, especially your personal information. Your privacy is important to us and we are therefore committed to handling your personal data in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998. Please see our Public Health Privacy Notice for more details.