North Yorkshire County Council has taken over control of public health services, following structural changes to the NHS.
NYCC is now responsible for a £19m ring-fenced annual budget, in order to improve the health of residents and reduce health differences between communities.
The county council has already appointed a director of public health, Dr Lincoln Sargeant, who will be the principal adviser on healthy communities to the health and wellbeing board. The role of the board is to develop and implement a strategy based on the needs of the population and proven interventions to improve health. As part of its responsibilities, the local authority must ensure appropriate access to sexual health services, that NHS commissioners receive the public health advice they need, the provision of the NHS Health Check assessment and that plans are in place to respond to health protection incidents, outbreaks and emergencies.
Dr Sargeant said:“There are exciting opportunities here to improve the health of our communities. We will work to ensure that, despite complex health service reforms, high quality frontline public health services continue.”