• Look out for your neighbours during cold spellLook out for your neighbours during cold spell

    With further wintery weather forecasts the Public Health Agency (PHA) is advising everyone to look after themselves and their neighbours during the cold snap.

    Vulnerable and elderly people can find it difficult to get out to the shops or to keep their house adequately heated during the cold weather. The PHA is encouraging everyone to look out for those who may be more vulnerable during severe weather and check that they are ok.

  • New cervical cancer screening video shows women what to expectNew cervical cancer screening video shows women what to expect

    European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week runs from 25-31 January and the Public Health Agency (PHA) has produced a new video that shows women what to expect when they attend for a smear test. 

    Dr Tracy Owen, Quality Assurance Director for the Northern Ireland Cervical Screening Programme at the PHA, said: “Many women will feel nervous about going for their smear test, especially if it is their first time. They may be worried about the actual process of having the test, as well as the results. These worries can put some women off attending at all. 

  • Pupils make the grade thanks to learning boostPupils make the grade thanks to learning boost

    School pupils in the southern area are getting help from the Public Health Agency (PHA) and Southern Education and Library Board (SELB) to help them improve their GCSE grades.

    Thanks to a partnership with the SELB and local councils, the PHA has funded English and Mathematics programmes. Over 85% of pupils in the participating schools who were expected to achieve Grade D and availed of the additional support attained grades A*-C in English or Mathematics.

  • Saving lives and improving care for mothers and babiesSaving lives and improving care for mothers and babies

    A conference will take place tomorrow (Thursday 22 January) to review how care for mothers and babies has improved in the UK, and what the health service can do to further reduce the number of deaths of mothers during pregnancy and those child deaths associated with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia.

    The conference is being organised by the Northern Ireland Maternal and Child Health office (NIMACH), part of the Public Health Agency (PHA), and MBRRACE-UK, and will bring together healthcare professionals to review the latest ‘Saving Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care’ report and the ‘UK-wide confidential enquiry into the management of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia’.

  • Aged 70, 78 or 79? Don’t forget to get your shingles vaccineAged 70, 78 or 79? Don’t forget to get your shingles vaccine

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding all people aged 70, 78 and 79 years old that they are still able to receive the shingles vaccine. The vaccine will help protect them against the common and painful skin disease and its complications.

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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Latest

Influenza Weekly Surveillance Bulletin, Northern Ireland, 2014/2015

Thursday, 29 January 2015 - Publication

The Influenza Weekly Surveillance Bulletin is produced by the PHA and covers statistics for Northern Ireland. The bulletin is produced during the flu season.

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New cervical cancer screening video shows women what to expect

Tuesday, 27 January 2015 - News

European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week runs from 25-31 January and the Public Health Agency (PHA) has produced a new video that shows women what to expect when they attend for a smear test. 

Phase 1 Delivering care “A framework for nursing and Midwifery Workforce planning to support person centred care in Northern Ireland

Tuesday, 27 January 2015 - Publication

Delivering Care” Nurse staffing in Northern Ireland is the outcome of a commission undertaken by the PHA Director of Nursing from the DHSSPS Chief Nursing Officer and approved by the Minister of Health in 2014.  The aim of the Delivering Care...

Summary Interim Report on Findings and Interim Themes from Phase 1 of the review of Allied Health Professions (AHP) support for children/young people with a statement of special educational needs (SEN)

Tuesday, 27 January 2015 - Publication

Summary Interim Report on Findings and Interim Themes from Phase 1 of the review of Allied Health Professions (AHP) support for children/young people with a statement of special educational needs (SEN)

This interim report...