What is Public Health?

What is public health?

Public Health is about helping people to stay healthy, and protecting them from threats to their health. In Buckinghamshire we want everyone to be able to make healthier choices, regardless of their circumstances, and to minimise the risk and impact of ill health.

The transfer of the responsibility for public health from the NHS to local government in 2013 was one of the most significant extensions of local government powers and duties in a generation and offers a unique opportunity to improve the lives of our residents.

What do we do?

Buckinghamshire Council commissions a range of services that help people lead healthier lives. For example; services that reduce the risk of poor development in babies, keep school children healthy, help build emotional resilience in our young people and reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, dementia, diabetes, falls, obesity and sexually transmitted infections.

Our mission is to support people to take control of their own health whatever their age and to create the right conditions for people to thrive.