Our role in Public Health
From April 1 2013 Kent County Council is responsible for a
number of Public Health functions.
- Health Improvement for the population of Kent – especially for
the most disadvantaged.
- Informing and advising all relevant agencies (police, nursing
homes, health services and so on) on health protection issues.
These might be severe weather or threats of infectious
- Providing professional Public Health advice to Clinical
Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and all those who commission health and
social care services
It also means that we will play a vital part in keeping
Kent informed about factors affecting public health among Kent
The move of Public Health services into Kent County
Council will allow closer working between teams working to
build community wellbeing across Kent..
Why is this important?
Through all of life’s stages - from birth, childhood, youth,
parenting, later in life and at the end of life – you or your
family are likely to access local health and wellbeing
You may want to be proactive and make positive changes to your
lifestyle to make your quality of life better – and when you choose
to do so, we will make sure you have the support you need to make
The Public Health service works across a number of key areas of
health promotion and improvement for the population of Kent. Many
of these services are commission from third-parties from across the
government, voluntary and private sectors. They include services to
- Health awareness to prevent birth defects
- National child measurement programme
- Children and young people (5 - 19yrs)
- Healthy child programme
- Dental public health
- Obesity and weight reduction services
- Health checks
- Sexual health services
- Stopping smoking
- Drug and alcohol support services
- Public mental wellbeing
- Being physically active
- Workplace health
- Preventing excess winter deaths
Who do we work with?
We will work with health providers, the NHS, Clinical
Commissioning Groups, schools, voluntary organisations, emergency
services and Healthwatch Kent in the following areas to make
sure that all Kent residents are well informed and aware of the
- Promoting lifestyle campaigns to prevent cancer and long term
- Preventing accidents and injuries
- Promotion of Community Safety, Violence Prevention and
- Health protection incidents, outbreaks and emergencies
If you are interested in health and wellbeing in your family or
community, then you can be involved in shaping services and have a
say on issues that you are passionate about.
Kent, voluntary organisations and charities which focus on
specific health and wellbeing issues are always looking for people
who can contribute to their valuable role in the community whether
that’s through a local sports club, community group or charity. If
you think you can contribute to the health and wellbeing of people
in Kent we want to hear from you.
Evidence and data
The Kent and Medway
Public Health Observatory collects data about the health of the
population of Kent. It is a key source of information about health
inequalities that need tackling in the county. The observatory
website has links to many publications relating to public health.
On the website you will find information on health inequalities,
environmental and social factors, and lifestyles and
We also work closely with Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)
to provide professional advice and intelligence