Warwickshire County Council welcomes back Public Health

Warwickshire County Council will be welcoming Public Health back into local government on the 1 April 2013, after 39 years in the NHS.

Public Health to WCC

The responsibility for Public Health will transfer to local authorities on Monday 1 April. From this date, the local authority will be responsible for a wide range of health services including:

  • Alcohol and drug misuse services
  • The National Child Measurement Programme
  • Interventions to tackle obesity such as community lifestyle and weight management services
  • Tobacco control and smoking cessation services
  • Comprehensive sexual health services
  • Behavioural and lifestyle campaigns to prevent cancer and long-term health conditions

Speaking about the transfer of Public Health, Warwickshire County Council’s Strategic Director for Communities, Monica Fogarty said: “This is a very exciting time for both local government and public health. Councils are uniquely placed to understand the needs of local populations, the communities in which they live and work and the action necessary to improve the wider determinants of health and wellbeing. “I am confident that we will be able to use this knowledge to integrate public health into everything we do as a local authority and continue to strengthen the relationships that we have built GPs, elected members and local Healthwatch, to transform the way public health is understood and communicated here in Warwickshire.”

Warwickshire’s Director of Public Health, John Linnane said: “This is the biggest shake-up in public health for nearly 40 years and a once in a lifetime opportunity to put public health at the forefront of local services.

“People’s health is affected by a huge range of factors including poor quality housing, poverty, unemployment, environmental quality and low levels of educational attainment. It will be our responsibility therefore, to ensure that the services being delivered make a real impact on the local population and that we respond appropriately to the challenges to drive improvements for the health and wellbeing of our residents.”

As part of the plans to celebrate Public Health moving back into local authority and to help raise money for Red Nose Day, staff from the county council dressed up in a 1970’s theme and shared their memories on what they were doing last time Public Health was part of the local authority.

For more information on Public health Warwickshire log onto http://publichealth.warwickshire.gov.uk/

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For more information please contact Lisa Mowe, Communications, Warwickshire County Council on 01926 412513.