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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    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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    Learning Matters Newsletters

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    The Public Health Agency and the Health and Social Care Board are committed to improving the quality of services in Northern Ireland. Learning Matters Newsletter provides a new method of sharing learning relating to serious adverse incidents
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    Annual Quality Report 2019-20

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    Annual quality reports are a recommendation of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety’s (DHSSPS) Quality 2020: a 10 year strategy to protect and improve quality in Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland. The HSCB and PHA want

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