Shropshire Council

What we do

What is public health?

Public health is about helping to stop people getting ill from conditions that can be prevented, such as those caused by weight or smoking. It's also about helping people manage long-term health conditions to prevent them becoming worse.

The social determinants of health, also known as the wider determinants of health, are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. They include social, cultural, political, economic, commercial and environmental factors.

These wider determinants have a greater influence on health than healthcare, lifestyle behaviours or genetics. Take a look at this diagram (Dahlgren & Whitehead) which explains this more.

Other responsibilities are referred to in the rest of this section.

The Public Health Team

Our director of public health is Rachel Robinson.

  • Everything the team does is based on evidence and includes:
  • Health protection: protecting the health of people from infectious diseases like Covid-19, environmental hazards and through working with other partners so we're prepared to deal with emergencies
  • Promotion: promotion of healthy lifestyles through public health campaigns and events
  • Data surveillance: use of current data to understand the health conditions, lifestyles and patterns of disease that affect Shropshire people. This also helps to identify health inequalities across different areas of Shropshire, and enables us to plan action to address these.

The Public Health Annual Report

The Public Health Annual Report is published by the director of public health every year. It describes the health of the population, is evidence based and is a way of informing local people about the health of their community. It also provides necessary information for decision makers in local health services, authorities and communities on health gaps and priorities that need to be addressed.

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)

The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) uses data to identify health and wellbeing needs within the Shropshire population. Find out more details on the JSNA pages.

Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA)

This is an up-to-date statement of the needs for pharmaceutical services. Shropshire has just published this document, and it can be found on the JSNA page.

Shropshire Covid-19 Outbreak Control Plan

The government has asked all local authorities (councils) to produce 'local outbreak control plans'. Directors of public health are responsible for producing these.

Our own plan explains how spread of the virus will prevented through encouraging and supporting Shropshire people to follow government guidance, including self-isolating and getting tested. It also details how outbreaks will be identified, managed and contained through the use of data, working with the NHS Test and Trace system, and engagement with local partners such as Public Health England, the voluntary sector and the wider community. It will continue to be updated and refreshed.