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.

There are five core mandatory public health functions which are:

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

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.
  • The priorities for Birmingham Public Health are to deliver the mandatory functions especially CCG support.  

In addition we will commence new work areas including:

  1. Better early intervention in children especially for those on the edge of care
  2. Develop new approaches to vulnerability including domestic violence
  3. Invest in universal programmes to reduce childhood obesity
  4. Lifestyle service review
  5. Substance misuse treatment service review and re-tender of services
  6. Sexual health service review and re-tender of services


Workplace Wellbeing Charter

In addition, we also work hard to support and develop our staff.  Public Health have pledged to instill the Workplace Wellbeing Charter in our workplace in order to drive forward continualy improvement in the way in whcih 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

e: PHBworkplacements@birmingham.gov.uk 

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