Improving and protecting public health

Improving and protecting the health and wellbeing of West Sussex residents.

1 What you can expect from local Public Health

Public health is a top task for the County Council. Our Director of Public Health and their team aim to improve well-being. They also seek to reduce inequalities in our local population.

Working with other teams and organisations, we:

Assess

We assess the latest evidence and information. This helps us to make and carry out public health initiatives, campaigns, and services. They are based on what the population needs and what works.

Commission

We commission mandatory services. This includes the Healthy Child Programme (HCP), NHS Health Checks, and sexual health services. We also commission services that support people to make positive changes to their health and wellbeing. For example:

  • stop smoking services
  • support for mental health and wellbeing
  • specialist alcohol and drug misuse services.

Protect

We protect West Sussex residents from diseases and environmental hazards. This includes:

  • surveillance and monitoring of infectious diseases
  • quality assurance for population screening
  • immunisation programmes
  • cancer screening
  • responding to and planning for emergencies that present a risk to the public’s health.

Who we work with

Our Public Health Team works with other teams in the County Council. They help us support more residents and communities with their health and wellbeing. They help achieve the priorities in our Council Plan.

We also work with many partners, agencies, and organisations in the local health and care system including:

2 Improve your health and wellbeing

Our West Sussex Wellbeing website has your local wellbeing hub, information and advice to support your health and wellbeing.

Visit West Sussex Wellbeing (external link)

It includes advice from our wellbeing advisors about:

3 Supporting your health and wellbeing

Our Public Health team, on behalf of the West Sussex Health and Wellbeing Board, is responsible for:

We also publish other health policies, plans and strategies on our website. The Director of Public Health also has a statutory duty to write an independent annual report on the health of the local population on a topic of their choice.

4 Contact details

Health protection advice

We work closely with the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) who provide specialist public health advice and operational support to the NHS, local authorities and agencies. They help to prevent and reduce the impact of:

  • infectious diseases
  • chemical and radiation hazards
  • major emergencies.

If you would like to report or find support on these areas, please contact your local health protection team in England.

Environmental health services

We work closely with district and borough councils across West Sussex who are responsible for environmental health services, including:

  • food safety
  • noise, nuisance and pollution
  • pest control
  • licensing
  • air quality (pollution)
  • litter and fly tipping
  • rubbish and recycling
  • housing conditions (if you have an issue regarding your rented housing).

If you would like to report or find help on these areas, contact your local district or borough council. Look for or ask for, environmental health and the specific service you need.

5 Information for professionals

In addition to the information in our ‘Strategies, plans and reports’ section, we provide a range of resources for professionals. These resources support them in their health and wellbeing work. This includes:

  • our Health Promotion Resource service
  • training for professionals including for ‘Making Every Contact Count’ (MECC)
  • our Healthy places framework.

Further information is available in our ‘Public health information for professionals’ section.

Last updated:
13 June 2024
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