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About public health

Why is Public Health important?

Public Health improves health and reduces health inequalities by using an evidence based approach to make recommendations on the 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 that when working well are based on the evidence of what is most effective. A brief film providing an overview of what is incorporated within public health can be found at What is public health?

Public Health in Surrey

Surrey County Council is responsible for a number of Public Health functions which together aim to improve and protect the health of people living and working in Surrey. It works closely with partner organisations to understand and address the wider issues that influence people's health locally and:

  • provides public health information and understanding to enable decisions that are based on people's need and what is effective
  • commissions services that support people to make positive changes to their health that are relevant throughout their life
  • works with partners to protect Surrey residents from communicable diseases and environmental hazards.

What Surrey Public Health team do

The team work across the county to support the delivery of the local health and wellbeing strategy which is available on Healthy Surrey. Each year the team identifies key actions and priorities to support the delivery of this strategy. For 2018/19 the current key actions are:

  • Embed the new integrated service models for sexual health, substance misuse and 0-19s public health services
  • Support local CCGs and partner organisations through providing intelligence and evidence for population health management to inform commissioning decisions and wider programme planning.
  • Take action to address health inequalities and wider determinants of health by reducing the impact of environmental factors on health such as air quality and the built environment
  • Continue to work with the Surrey CCGs and colleagues in Adult Social Care and Children, Schools and Families in the design of joint commissioning processes, including the STP mandate and the development of Family Hubs.
  • Provide specialist support to the wider health and social care system to embed a preventative approach, particularly inputting into social prescribing; disease case finding in primary care and the making every adult matter (MEAM) multiple needs programme.

More detailed information on the key actions within each part of the team, commissioning intentions and communications plan can be found in the 2018/19 Public Health Service Plan (PDF).

For information on public health services and campaigns visit the Healthy Surrey website.

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.

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