From 1 April 2013 Southampton City Council formally took on its new, statutory, Public Health duty.
What does that mean for the council and the city?
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 also produces the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment 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.
Southampton’s Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2013-2016 is now available to download below it sets out a strategic vision for improving the health of people of in the city and reducing health inequalities. The strategy will inform commissioning plans for the Council and Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) over the coming years.
For further information on Public Health please visit our website www.publichealth.southampton.gov.uk