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



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    Guidance on vaccine handling and storage in GP practices

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    This factsheet provides guidance on vaccine handling and storage in GP practices. The guidance applies to all staff involved in the planning or delivery of immunisation programmes in primary care settings. It outlines the minimum standards that are
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    Public Health Agency Update

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    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is concluding its enhanced testing work in Kilkeel. Dr Bríd Farrell, Assistant Director of Service Development, Safety and Quality at the PHA, said:: “More than 2,100 residents have participated in the targeted testing
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    PHA led Cross-Border Research (CHITIN) and COVID-19

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    By Dr Rhonda Campbell, CHITIN Programme Manager, HSC Research & Development Division, PHA Evidence shows that healthcare organisations engaging in research provide better outcomes for their patients. Health research is a global endeavour, generating

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