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Public Health England was established on 1 April 2013 to bring together public health specialists from more than 70 organisations into a single public health service. Public health England is a government organisation that aims to protect and improve the nation's health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities.

They are responsible for making the public healthier, by encouraging discussions, advising government and supporting action by local government, the NHS and other people and organisation. They also support the public so they can protect and improve their own health.

Public Health England has many campaigns including reduction of smoking, Ebola control, Health Checks, blood screening, childhood Flu vaccines and they lay down guidelines in respect of many health issues including infection control. 

They also share information and expertise with local authorities, industry and the NHS, to help them make improvements in the public’s health. Where a health issue arises, they collect and analyze data to come up with answers to public health problems.

And finally, Public Health England helps local authorities and the NHS to develop the public health system and its specialist workforce. Public Health England’s annual plan sets out how the organisation will deliver its core functions, outlining actions it will be the taking over the next year to protect and improve the public’s health and reduce inequalities.

Public Health England, employ 5,000 staff, mostly scientists, researchers and public health professionals and they have centres in regions across the UK. They work closely with public health professionals in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and internationally to improve public health. You can find more information on their work and the advice they offer on their website. We have put links on the student resources section of this course.