Public health

Public health is about helping people to stay healthy and avoid getting ill, so this includes work on a whole range of policy areas such as immunisation, nutrition, tobacco and alcohol, drugs recovery, sexual health, pregnancy and children’s health.

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Young People in the Workplace pledge: a call for organisations

The Responsibility Deal Health at Work network is today announcing the new Young People in the Workplace pledge that all employers can sign up to. The pledge aims to better … Read more → – Young People in the Workplace pledge: a call for organisations

Local decision-making around fluoridation of drinking water: consultation responses

The summary of responses to the consultation on arrangements for future decision-making on the fluoridation of drinking water has been published. The department received 136 responses to the original consultation … Read more → – Local decision-making around fluoridation of drinking water: consultation responses

New national pledge to improve children’s health and reduce child deaths

A new pledge about making improvements to the health of children and young people has been launched today. The pledge is part of the government’s response to the Children and … Read more → – New national pledge to improve children’s health and reduce child deaths

NHS information service for parents reaches 100,000 signups

More than 100,000 people have already signed up to receive online advice about looking after their baby – and a quarter of these are fathers. The NHS Information Service for … Read more → – NHS information service for parents reaches 100,000 signups

Cold weather alert: level 2 issued

The Met Office has forecast that in at least the next 2 to 3 days there is a 60% chance of severe cold weather in the North West, South West, … Read more → – Cold weather alert: level 2 issued

Infection prevention and control in care homes: information resource published

An information resource and summary for care workers on the prevention and control of infection in care homes has been published. These aim to assist staff in taking all reasonable … Read more → – Infection prevention and control in care homes: information resource published

EU guidance on tolerance and analysis of fibre available

An alert to the publication of EU guidance on methods of analysis for fibre and application of tolerance to nutrition declarations was circulated to interested parties on 15 February 2013. … Read more → – EU guidance on tolerance and analysis of fibre available