On 1 April 2013 the Health and Social Care Act 2012 gave local authorities powers to perform the public health function. This means that the Council now has a duty to improve the health of people in the local area. We also have responsibility for commissioning appropriate public health services.
To meet our public health responsibilities, we need to use available statistical data and other relevant health and social care information. We use this information to analyse the health needs and outcomes of the local population.
In the main, we receive statistical data from which individuals cannot be identified. However, in some cases, we need data that does identify people, including name, address, age, sex, ethnicity, disease, use of hospital services and other relevant information that helps us meet our responsibilities.
Where we receive or have access to data from which individual people can be identified, we make sure that we only use it to fulfill our functions and we keep it secure at all times.
If you want to know more about the way that our Public Health Team collects and uses information, please contact Public Health on 01325 406201 or the Complaints and Information Governance Team on 01325 406777.