Public Health Cornwall
Last updated: 20/11/2013
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What do we do?
health looks to improve the health of the population and tackle
inequalities (the unfair gap in life expectancy and quality of life
between communities). Day-to-day we concentrate on:
About the service
Since April 2013 responsibility for local public health action
has passed from the NHS to Cornwall Council. This is part of
national NHS reforms which have
created new opportunities to better integrate health and wellbeing
into the everyday work of the Council. The Service is led by the Director of Public
Health, Felicity Owen, and has teams based across Cornwall
working on public health programmes. Practical advice and
support in the community is provided by our health promotion service.
We are responsible for the delivery of prevention strategies to
reduce sexually transmitted infections and HIV in Cornwall which
involves the commissioning of sexual health and contraception
clinical services through a range of providers including Acute
Trusts, GPs, Pharmacies and the Third sector. We are also
jointly responsible for the Drug and Alcohol Action Team who
implement national and local drug and alcohol strategies designed
to reduce the harm that illegal drug use and alcohol misuse causes
individuals, families and communities.
Our key responsibilities are to help deliver the local Health and
Wellbeing Strategy and the national Public Health Outcomes framework.
The Department of Health has produced a useful breakdown of
public health roles for Councils and all other responsible
organisations in the public health system including Public Health
England and NHS England.