Public Health

Induction to Public Health

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 gives upper tier and unitary local authorities responsibilities for Public Health from April 2013.

Public Health is about:

  • Influencing the factors that affect health and ill health in local communities
  • Improving the health of the population
  • Protecting the population from hazards to health (health protection)
  • Preventing ill health through advising National Health Service (NHS) commissioners of health services and improving quality of services.

The Council carries out this function by:

  • Commissioning public health services from a range of providers
  • Exercising our influence to improve Public Health outcomes in Darlington
  • Provide NHS commissioners with the public health advice they need
  • The Director of Public Health (DPH) must provide assurance that there are plans in place to protect the health of the population.

Useful information relating to Public Health in Darlington

For Information on complaints relating to the Public Health Services please see the complaints pages