Public Health

Improving and protecting public health

Our aim is to give people the best opportunities in life, and good health and wellbeing is a key part of that.

Councils now have a legal duty to improve the health and wellbeing of residents. Also to reduce the differences in health outcomes between populations they serve.

Locally, Public Health Dorset is a partnership of Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset councils. It commissions services to improve and protect the health of residents.

It commissions a range of mandatory and non-mandatory public health services. These include health improvement, the NHS Health Checks programme, sexual health services, children and young people and drug and alcohol services.

It is also responsible for assurance of a wide range of screening and vaccination programmes. Also for making sure the county is prepared in the event of a public health emergency like an outbreak of infectious diseases or major flooding.

Public Health Dorset also works with local councils, the NHS and other partners to understand the health and health needs of local people.

More details about the work of Public Health Dorset can be found at

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