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Public Health - a short introduction


Public Health (PH) responsibilities transferred from the NHS to Hertfordshire County Council in 2013. The service, under director Jim McManus, works closely with HCC Children's Services, Health and Community Services, Community Protection and Environment, District Councils and NHS agencies including Public Health England and Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Public Health Senior Management Organisation Chart

The team commissions the NHS third sector or other agencies to provide the following services directly to the people of Hertfordshire:

  • Weighing and measuring children
  • Health Check Assessments for adults
  • Sexual Health services including GUM services and Chlamydia Screening
  • Stop Smoking Services
  • Alcohol and drug misuse services
  • Public Health Services for children and young people aged 5-19 (including school nurses)
  • Obesity and weight management services and increasing physical activity

In addition the Public Health team is responsible for:

  • Coordinating and supporting public health activities across Hertfordshire through the Public Health Board
  • Providing Public Health advice to Clinical Commissioning Groups to support them in commissioning effective healthcare for the population
  • Protecting the health of the local population from communicable diseases and major emergencies by working with Public Health England and other partners.
  • Leading the work of three of the Health and Wellbeing Strategy priorities:
    • Reducing the harm from alcohol
    • Reducing the harm from tobacco
    • Promoting healthy weight and increasing physical activity

To find out more about health in Hertfordshire, please go to Health in Herts

Public Health Hertfordshire Conference 2017

Strategies for Public Health in Hertfordshire:

The Public Health Strategy

Health and Wellbeing Strategy