• Setting the standards for patient careSetting the standards for patient care

    Patient involvement is set to improve in the health service with the creation of new standards which will oversee the input the public have into their care.

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) has for the first time established a set of standards for engagement between people working within Health and Social Care (HSC) and service users, carers and members of the public.

  • Important advice to pregnant women during lambing seasonImportant advice to pregnant women during lambing season

    March is here and it is the start of lambing season; however the Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding pregnant women about the risk of close contact with sheep during lambing season.

    Dr Lorraine Doherty, Assistant Director of Public Health (Health Protection) at the PHA, said: “Pregnant women who come into close contact with sheep during lambing may be risking their own health and that of their unborn child from infections that can be transferred from ewes. It is also important to note that cows and goats which have recently given birth can also carry similar infections.

  • Neurological conditions the focus of patient care improvementNeurological conditions the focus of patient care improvement

    Increasing awareness of neurological conditions is at the centre of a new programme designed to improve the care of patients.

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) and experts in the field within Health and Social Care (HSC) have developed the programme alongside service users and carers affected by neurological conditions. The training is for those who provide services to people impacted by the disorders to improve their knowledge and understanding of the complex issues.

  • Symposium showcases work of health protectionSymposium showcases work of health protection

    The health protection service of the Public Health Agency (PHA) plays a critical role in protecting the population from infection and environmental hazards. Yesterday they took the opportunity to share their learning at the Health Protection Symposium 2015 held at Lagan Valley Island with a wide range of Health and Social Care and other Statutory partners including local Councils.  

The switchboard number for the PHA’s Headquarters at Linenhall Street, Belfast has changed to 0300 555 0114. Click here for more information.

Welcome

The Public Health Agency (PHA) was established in April 2009 as part of the reforms to Health and Social Care (HSC) in Northern Ireland. We are the major regional organisation for health protection and health and social wellbeing improvement. Our role also commits us to addressing the causes and associated inequalities of preventable ill-health and lack of wellbeing. We are a multi-disciplinary, multi-professional body with a strong regional and local presence.

Directorates

In fulfilling our mandate to protect public health, improve public health and social wellbeing, and reduce inequalities in health and social wellbeing, the PHA works within an operational framework of three areas: Public Health, Nursing and Allied Health Professionals, and Operations. Our corporate and business plans reflect these arrangements and our purpose as an organisation.

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Setting the standards for patient care

Wednesday, 4 March 2015 - 1:00pm - News

Patient involvement is set to improve in the health service with the creation of new standards which will oversee the input the public have into their care.

The Public Health Agency (PHA) has for the first time established a set of standard...

Important advice to pregnant women during lambing season

Wednesday, 4 March 2015 - News

March is here and it is the start of lambing season; however the Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding pregnant women about the risk of close contact with sheep during lambing season.

Alcohol MOT part one

Wednesday, 4 March 2015 - Publication

The Alcohol MOT is designed to support those working in primary care to carry out alcohol brief interventions. There is extensive evidence to show that primary care-based brief interventions are very effective at reducing drinking at both hazardou...

Contaminated heroin warning

Wednesday, 4 March 2015 - Publication

This poster warns of the danger of contracting botulism from using contaminated heroin. It describes the symptoms to look out for and harm reduction advice.