What we do

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.

Mandatory functions

There are five core mandatory public health functions which are:

  1. provide appropriate access to sexual health services
  2. ensure there are plans in place to protect the health of the population, including immunisation and screening plans
  3. ensure NHS commissioners (Clinical Commissioning Groups or CCGs) receive the Public Health advice they need
  4. deliver the National Childhood Measurement Programme (NCMP)
  5. encourage NHS Health Check assessments.

Public Health Birmingham is a multi-disciplinary team made up of doctors, nurses, consultants and professionals.

Our mission

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 financial allocation is used effectively and efficiently
  • maximise the Public Health impact within the council
  • help Birmingham City Council to negotiate its future challenges.
  • deliver the mandatory functions especially CCG support.

New work areas

We will commence new work areas including:

  1. better early intervention in children especially for those on the edge of care
  2. developing new approaches to vulnerability including domestic violence
  3. investing in universal programmes to reduce childhood obesity
  4. lifestyle service review
  5. review and re-tender of services of substance misuse treatment services
  6. review and re-tender of services of sexual health services

Workplace Wellbeing Charter

We also work hard to support and develop our staff. Public Health have pledged to instil the Workplace Wellbeing Charter in our workplace in order to drive forward continual improvement in the way in which we work and communicate with our staff. Click for more about the Workplace Wellbeing Charter.

Work Placements

Public Health Birmingham offers a number of work experience and placement opportunities throughout the year for both young people and adults ages 16 and over. There are a number of schemes on offer to find out more please email us.