Since 1 April 2013, local authorities have taken on responsibility for public health from the NHS.
The public health objectives we are focusing on in Somerset are to reduce health inequalities and increase life expectancy.
We will achieve this through a wide range of targeted public health programmes to promote better health.
The health and wellbeing board have developed a shared vision for Somerset that people live healthy and independent lives, supported by thriving and connected communities with timely and easy access to high-quality and efficient public services when they need them.
Our priorities are to enable:
- People, families and communities to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing.
- Families and communities to be thriving and resilient.
- Somerset people to able to live independently.
Public health works in the following areas:
- stop smoking
- mental health
- sexual health
- teenage pregnancy
- older people
- dental health
- children and young people
- community safety and accident prevention
- healthy eating and physical activity
We all have a role to play in maintaining and improving the health and wellbeing of ourselves and our families, by trying to live a healthier way of life. The lifestyles we lead play a significant part in our health and wellbeing. There are a number of actions we can each take to improve our health and wellbeing.
Top tips for better health
- Don’t smoke and don’t breathe others’ tobacco smoke
- Eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables each day and cut down on fat, salt and added sugar
- Be physically active for at least 30 minutes, 5 days a week
- Maintain, or aim for, a healthy weight (a BMI of between 20 and 25). If you’d like to calculate your BMI, you can do so by visiting this NHS BMI Calculator
- If you drink alcohol, have no more than 1 to 2 units a day. Visit the NHS Choices website for more information about alcohol units and how to calculate your alcohol intake
- Protect yourself from the sun. Cover up, keep in the shade, never burn and use factor 15 plus sunscreen. Take extra care to protect children – make sure they always have plenty of sunscreen
- Practise safer sex – use a condom
- Make the decision to go for cancer screening when invited
- On the roads, think safety. Keep an eye out for vulnerable road users, such as cyclists and motorcyclists – keep your distance
- Manage your stress levels – talking things through, relaxation and physical activity can all help reduce stress
Somerset Children & Young People Health and Wellbeing
Somerset Joint Strategic Needs Assessment Summary
Annual Report of the Director of Public Health for Somerset 2021 – Young People in the Second Wave of Covid-19
Annual Report of the Director of Public Health for Somerset 2020 – Covid19: The First Wave
Annual Report of the Director of Public Health for Somerset 2019 – Prevention
Annual Report of the Director of Public Health for Somerset 2018 – Emotional health and wellbeing
Somerset Annual Public Health Report 2017 – End of life care
Annual Public Health Report 2016 – Sir William Savage’s Somerset 1936
Appendix – statistical annexe for 2016
Annual Public Health Report 2014 2015 – Inequalities
Annual Public Health Report 2014 2015 – statistical appendix
Crisis Care Concordat Mental Health – Somerset Declaration Statement
Patient Group Directives
PGD for Levonelle for School Nurses
For the supply of Varenicline (Champix)
Hepatitis A Vaccine (Havrix Monodose)
Adrenaline (Epinephrine) Injection 1:1000
Adrenaline (Epinephrine) Injection – Epipen