Public Health Wales is the national public health agency in Wales and exists to protect and improve health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities for people in Wales. We are part of the NHS and report to the Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services.
We provide advice, expertise and specialist services to Welsh Government (working across departments), the seven health boards, two NHS Trusts, 22 local authorities, other agencies and to the population of Wales.
We provide the public health knowledge, scientific expertise and intelligence to lead transformational change and to drive a focus on ensuring that we deliver tangible improvements in health and wellbeing outcomes and reduce health inequalities in Wales.
Health and local government are among the devolved areas in Wales and therefore, working nationally and locally, Public Health Wales has access to both policy levers and local delivery systems by working closely with our partners.
Each of the seven health boards in Wales employs a Director of Public Health who is supported by the critical mass of expertise employed by Public Health Wales at the local and community level and who, under an honorary contract, manages locally based Public Health Wales staff.
Why have Public Health Wales joined ‘Working with’?
“We are proud to support Cavell Nurses’ Trust in their work to ensure that all nurses, midwives and HCAs are able to access support if they are suffering personal or financial hardship. Our nurses, midwives and support workers work exceptionally hard to deliver our services, functions and programmes and it is vital that they are offered support if and when they require it. As an organisation we value the contribution that our staff make, and supporting the Cavell Nurses’ Trust is one way of demonstrating our commitment to supporting our workforce.”
Sian Bolton, Acting Executive Director of Quality Nursing and Allied Health Professionals, Public Health Wales