The Public Health duty of Birmingham City Council was legally established in April 2013. It has inherited a number of functions and commissioning responsibilities, some of which were traditionally the responsibility of non-public health areas within the former Primary Care Trusts. With these responsibilities has come a ring-fenced centrally allocated grant.
There are five core mandatory public health functions which are:
- Appropriate access to sexual health services
- Ensuring there are plans in place to protect the health of the population, including immunisation and screening plans
- Ensuring NHS commissioners (Clinical Commissioning Groups or CCGs) receive the public health advice they need
- The National Childhood Measurement Programme (NCMP)
- NHS Health Check assessments.
The mission of the Public Health department within the council is to:
- Improve the Public’s health in Birmingham
- Deliver mandatory public health functions, especially closer working with the NHS
- Ensure the public health allocation is used effectively and efficiently
- Maximise the public health impact within the council
- Help the council to negotiate its future challenges.
The priorities for Birmingham Public Health are to deliver the mandatory functions especially CCG support. In addition we will commence new work areas including:
- Better early intervention in children especially for those on the edge of care
- Develop new approaches to vulnerability including domestic violence
- Invest in universal programmes to reduce childhood obesity
- Lifestyle service review
- Substance misuse treatment service review and re-tender of services
- Sexual health service review and re-tender of services
Please visit their webpage: http://birminghampublichealth.co.uk/