Public Health Overview

Public Health seeks to support everyone to live happy and healthy lives by protecting individuals and local communities from illness and environmental hazards and promoting good health by encouraging individuals themselves to adopt healthy behaviours.

Many Public Health responsibilities were transferred from the NHS to Local Government in 2013 and as a result North Yorkshire County Council now fulfils the role of a Public Health Authority. This means that it has a responsibility to:

  • Improve the health and wellbeing of the population of North Yorkshire,

  • Prevent disease and minimise its consequences, and,

  • Prolong valued life and reduce inequalities in health.

Health and Wellbeing Board

The Health and Wellbeing Board, which works to improve public health in North Yorkshire through effective integrated working between commissioners of health, public health and social care services, has been established to develop robust strategies and implement Public Health work across the County. More information about the Health and Wellbeing Board can be found here.

North Yorkshire Health and Wellbeing Strategy

The North Yorkshire Health and Wellbeing Strategy is produced by the Health and Wellbeing Board and explains what health and wellbeing priorities the board has set, in order to tackle the needs identified in the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (see below). It is not about taking action on everything at once, but about setting priorities for joint action and making a real impact on people's lives. The North Yorkshire Health and Wellbeing Strategy can be accesses here.

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)

Working in partnership with community and voluntary sector service users and NHS Partners, the council, as a public health authority, is required to produce a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA), which provides a comprehensive local picture of population health and wellbeing needs. It also supports and encourages organisations to work together when developing services. Production of the JSNA is the responsibility of North Yorkshire's health and wellbeing board, a formal committee of North Yorkshire County Council. It provides essential input to the development by the board of North Yorkshire's joint health and wellbeing strategy. North Yorkshire’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) can be accessed here.

Director of Public Health Annual Report

The Director of Public Health Annual Report provides a snapshot of where we are now and celebrates the wide variety of actions currently being carried out to improve the health of the population in North Yorkshire. It also highlights some of our key priority areas and outlines recommendations to guide efforts over the next year to improve the health of people in North Yorkshire and reduce health inequalities between communities. The current Director of Public Health Annual Report and the archive of previous reports can be accessed here.

Public Health Communications Calendar

Every year the Public Health Team identifies a number of key national public health campaigns for the year which it will proactively promote and support. As a result of the vast number of national days and weeks covering many health and social issues, each year the team identifies the key campaigns to support based around our local public health priorities.

We appreciate that schools and early years settings will also decide locally what other campaigns that they wish to support, however we hope that it is useful to join our Virtual Communications Network and that it will assist partnership working by improving the dissemination of the campaign messages across the county.

The Public Health Team are keen to maximise communications activity across North Yorkshire to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for our population, and as a result we have established a Virtual Communications Network for our partner organisations and stakeholders.

Key aims of the Network are to:

  • Share with our partners what we are doing in relation to Public Health communications
  • Develop a shared approach to delivering communication messages to partners and residents to ensure that we achieve clear and consistent messages
  • Maximise our communications efforts across North Yorkshire
  • Hear about what communications our partners are working on and support them in sharing messages where appropriate to do so
  • Localise our communications work more by identifying and gathering local news, case studies etc.
    Becoming a member of the Public Health Communications Virtual Network is easy and can be done by joining the Knowledge Hub (, requesting to join the closed Public Health Communications Virtual Network Group and agreeing to receive alerts containing useful information and resources such as:
  • Press releases
  • Topic plans e.g. tobacco control
  • Suggested social media content.
    This network will be managed by the NYCC Public Health Team, if you have any queries please contact Yvonne Parkes on or 01609 797742.


Public Health Team Contact Information

North Yorkshire County Council Public Health Team

Health and Adult Services

County Hall



Phone: Customer Resolution Centre 01609 780780 and ask for the Public Health Team


Twitter: @nyorkshealth

For notifications of outbreaks and environmental hazards the Public Health England Protection Team can be contacted on:

PHE North Yorkshire and the Humber Health Protection Team,
Block 2 The Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA), Sand Hutton,
YO41 1LZ

Phone: 01904 687 100 Out of Hours: 0114 304 9843