Public Health Lancashire
From April 2013 local authorities will have the responsibility for certain functions of Public Health. In Lancashire there are three local authorities that will take on Public Health responsibilities.
- Lancashire County Council - which covers the existing PCT areas of NHS Central Lancashire, NHS North Lancashire and NHS East Lancashire.
- Blackpool Council - a unitary authority which covers the existing area of NHS Blackpool.
- Blackburn with Darwen Council - a unitary authority which covers the existing areas of NHS Blackburn with Darwen.
In the Lancashire County Council area the project for moving Public Health responsibilities into the County Council is called Public Health Lancashire.
The project first came about when it was recognised that action needed to be taken to tackle the extent and persistence of health inequalities in Lancashire.
There was also a need for greater efficiency and effectiveness in Public Health. It was clear that there needed to be effective use of scarce Public Health expertise combined with the ability to be responsive to local differences and priorities.
In these pages you can find out more information about Public Health Lancashire and the transition process for Lancashire County Council taking on responsibilities for Public Health. You will find copies of the transition newsletter Forward for Health that is jointly produced by the NHS and Lancashire County Council plus links to national documents.