Council to take control of health advice from NHSBy Julie Spencer
November 26, 2012
Paintings people to exercise, stop smoking and eat healthily will be the job of Bracknell Forest Council from next year.
Responsibility for public health promotions, campaigns and data will pass from the NHS to the council under health service reforms in April 2013.
Some NHS staff will transfer to the council and a single strategic director of public health for Berkshire appointed by all six councils will be based in Bracknell Forest.
Glyn Jones, director of adult social care, health and housing, said: “Public health is all about services and initiatives to prevent people from getting ill rather than treating sickness. We already provide and promote a range of services which relate to public health such as social care, exercise and healthy eating in schools.
“The transfer of NHS public health to councils will allow more co-ordination of these services.”
The council’s executive agreed to take on the role at a meeting on November 13.
Dale Birch, executive member for adult services, health and housing, said: “The information, expertise and advice provided by public health professionals based within the council will help residents to get the local health and care services they need – when they need it.”