The UK Faculty of Public Health define public health as "the science and art of promoting and protecting health and well-being, preventing ill health and prolonging life through the organised efforts of society".
The Southampton Public Health Team aims to improve the overall health of the people of Southampton. The team works collaboratively with a range of local services to assess and address the health needs and inequalities in the city, promote healthy living and develop strategies for health improvement.
As part of the Health and Social Care Act, the team transferred to Southampton City Council from the local NHS as of the 1st April 2013. The changes brought in by the Health and Social Care Act 2012 mean that local government will now be responsible for a range of health services including local health improvement functions, and will be given a protected budget to deliver them.
Public Health Southampton aims to:
Maximise opportunities across the council and Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group and with Public Health England to prevent poor health and to reduce health inequalities.
Look to work with the services which impact on the wider determinants of health that the council has responsibility for, including housing, environmental health, planning, and transport to deliver health improvements.
Use the public health outcomes framework as a tool to track progress and improvements in the health of people living in the city.
Public Health Southampton also produce the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) for Southampton, which contains the data sets and other information that are used to inform commissioning decisions and which have been key to producing the new joint health and wellbeing strategy.
This site is designed to contain all the latest information about Public Health Southampton and it's role within Southampton City Council. Archived content from the old Southampton Primary Care Trust (PCT) site.