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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    PCC/PHA launch ‘Pulse Check Project’ to gather feedback on Care Home Experience

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    * 'The Pulse Check' survey has now been paused. More info to follow on the date the survey will resume. As we emerge from lockdown the Patient and Client Council and the Public Health Agency are launching a wide ranging feedback gathering initiative
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    Local communities encouraged to apply for PHA Short Term Funding programme

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    Community and voluntary groups are being encouraged to apply for a short term funding programme which can be used to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities, with a particular focus on improving mental and emotional wellbeing. The
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    PHA update on Kilkeel testing

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    Following the identification of a small number of probable cases of the Delta variant (VOC-21APR-02, first detected in India) in the Kilkeel area, the Public Health Agency (PHA) started asymptomatic testing on Saturday of people in targeted

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