Introduction

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.