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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    Key principles for bank and agency staff

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    This document provides guidelines for bank and agency staff working in healthcare settings, including hospitals, community settings and care homes, to follow to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
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    Influenza Weekly Surveillance Bulletin, Northern Ireland, 2020/21

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    The Influenza Weekly Surveillance Bulletin is produced by the PHA and covers statistics for Northern Ireland. The bulletin is produced during the flu season. To see previous Flu Bulletins and the Annual Surveillance Reports click here.
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    Test Trace Protect - a step-by-step guide and translations

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    Testing and contact tracing can help to break the chain of transmission of coronavirus but it needs everyone's support. This step-by-step infographic guide explains what you should do if you have symptoms, including self-isolating, getting tested and

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