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.


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.

Public Health

Nursing and Allied Health Professions



  • Continuity of Midwifery Carer Flyer

    Continuity of Midwifery Carer: Introducing Northern Ireland’s new model of maternity care

    - Publication
    The leaflet provides details of the newly introduced maternity care model Continuity of Midwifery Carer. It should be shared and offered to the future parent as one of the maternity care options available in Northern Ireland. Please scroll down to
  • Continuity of Midwifery Carer Poster

    Continuity of Midwifery Carer Posters

    - Publication
    This poster was created to be displayed and made available in antenatal clinics and hospitals. It highlights the introduction of a new model of maternity care called Continuity of Midwifery Carer that was announced earlier in 2023 and is being phased
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    - News
    Saturday 20 May is International Clinical Trials Day and the HSC R&D Division within the Public Health Agency (PHA) is using it to encourage patients, carers and the public to get involved in research and ask healthcare professionals if there is a

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