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.