Public Health

David Herne is the Director of Public Health.

Last year, the responsibility for public health returned to local authorities. The council is now responsible for helping people to stay healthy and avoid getting ill.

The public health team covers:

  • Monitoring health status and investigating health problems
  • Health protection
  • Informing, educating and empowering people
  • Creating and supporting community partnerships
  • Developing policies and plans
  • Conducting evaluations and research to plan services that best suit the needs of our communities

Health in Salford is improving, and life expectancy is increasing year on year. However, the gap between those areas with the worst and best of health continues to grow both nationally and regionally.

One of the main aims of public health is to reduce inequalities in health within Salford, and also compared to other parts of the country. Currently people living in less affluent parts of Salford have an average lifespan of ten years less than those living in the more affluent areas. The difference in 'years of life lived without a significant health problem' is even greater, with those living in the more affluent parts of the city living 16 more years without a significant health problem.

The public health work programme covers:

  • Public health intelligence
  • Alcohol
  • Cancer
  • Health protection
  • Healthy weight (children and adults)
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Mental wellbeing
  • Sexual health
  • Tobacco control

Working with partners

The public health team works with local organisations and communities to improve people's health and wellbeing and to avoid or reduce the risk of illness. This helps to reach varied and diverse groups of people across the city.

Health and Wellbeing Board

Public health are part of Salford Health and Wellbeing Board, which is responsible for:

  • Assessing the needs of the local population (though the joint strategic needs assessment)
  • Promoting integration and partnership through joined-up commissioning plans
  • Publishing a joint health and wellbeing strategy for Salford
  • Providing a forum for the planning and accountability of health and wellbeing related services

The board is chaired by the City Mayor, Ian Stewart, and more details can be found on the Partners IN Salford website.

This page was last updated on 20 April 2016

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