We have one single aim: to motivate and support millions more people to make and sustain changes that will improve their health.
How do we do this?
- Encouraging discussions, advising government, both national and local supporting action by the NHS and other people and organisations.
- Supporting the public so they can protect and improve their own health. Protecting the nation’s health through the national health protection service, and preparing for public health emergencies.
- Sharing our information and expertise with local authorities, industry and the NHS, to help them make improvements in the public’s health.
- Researching, collecting and analysing data to improve our understanding of health and come up with answers to public health problems.
- Reporting on improvements in the public’s health so everyone can understand the challenge and the next steps.
- Helping local authorities and the NHS to develop the public health system and its specialist workforce.
Who we are
We are 5000 dedicated professionals, mainly scientists, researchers and public health specialists.
We have 8 local centres, plus an integrated region and centre for London, and 4 regions (north of England, south of England, Midlands and east of England, and London).
Our strategy is organised around five principles that describe how we will work and three broad life-stages that describe what we will deliver.
We are locally driven
Local government is the engine of public health. Our key client is local government and our role is to support them to deliver their local public health objectives. We will introduce a range of new mechanisms that support local government to plan and deliver their marketing programmes.
We prototype, learn and refine
As a scientific organisation, we will be guided by the best available evidence, evaluate all our activities with rigour and transparency, and always prototype our work before committing to national delivery.
We will create more innovative content
Over the course of this strategy we will deliver more agile, more interactive, more frequent, lower-cost content using a broader range of methodologies and partners that drive change for more specific target audiences.
We will provide ‘on-demand’ digital public health
In addition to capitalising on the communications revolution to create richer and more agile marketing programmes we are investing in ‘on-demand’ digital public health. Over the course of the strategy PHE will become a world leader in digital public health.
We only ever work in partnership
We will never deliver a campaign unless it is part of and actively supported by a broader range of partners. There are thousands of people and organisations with experience, local knowledge, expertise, channels, and capacity that we do not have. By working together with more and more of those individual and organisational partners who have an interest in improving health we will ensure broader engagement, higher cut-through, better value for money and better results.
By working together, we’ll make a bigger difference to the health of the nation. We work with 214 national and 70,000 local partners, from industry and NGOs to local authorities & the NHS. By working in partnership, we can share expertise, insights & case studies.
We also work with national partners to co-create campaigns – for example our Change4Life ’10 Minute Shake-Up’ with Disney encouraged nearly 700,000 kids to get active.
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Our life stages
Life stage is a key driver of health behaviour, and we believe that structuring our activity around our audience in a holistic way, rather than issue by issue, will drive better results. PHE's Health and Wellbeing Directorate is organised around 3 broad life stages – Starting Well, Living Well and Ageing Well – which we use to develop our work.