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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    Staff guidelines on face coverings in all HSC facilities

    - Publication
    Following new guidance from the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Nursing Officer, this factsheet outlines the advice on face coverings for all Health and Social Care staff in facilities throughout Northern Ireland.
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    Student Mental Health during COVID-19

    - Media
    The full impact on students’ mental health as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic has yet to be assessed. Much work has been done by educational facilities to prepare students and to reconsider course delivery methods in light of COVID-19 restrictions
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) poster for pharmacies and translations

    - Publication
    Poster for pharmacies alerting people not to enter if they have the symptoms of COVID-19. These posters have been translated into 11 languages. Please note these translations are based on previous version. Other languages may be available upon

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