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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    DAMIS (Drug and Alcohol Monitoring and Information System) Activity Reports

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    DAMIS (Drug and Alcohol Monitoring and Information System) is an “early warning system” designed to identity, verify and assess emerging threats and potential trends in drug and alcohol misuse. It is an information sharing tool in support of the
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    The vital role of the Northern Ireland Clinical Research Network

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    Dr Clive Wolsley, Programme Manager, HSC R&D Division. We know that research is needed to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and that research-active healthcare organisations provide better outcomes for their patients. The Northern Ireland Health Minister
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    Individual healthcare plan for Type 1 diabetes

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    This individual healthcare plan is intended to be completed by the Diabetes Specialist Nurse for any child or young person with Type 1 diabetes in a school or Early Years setting. It is recommended that the plan should be discussed and agreed
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    COVID-19 recovery: meeting the rehabilitation needs of people in Northern Ireland

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    Michelle Tennyson, Assistant Director of Allied Health Professions, Personal and Public Involvement and Patient Experience, Public Health Agency. To view our complete series of COVID-19 blogs, click here. As we pass the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic