About Public Health

Since April 2013 all councils have taken on new responsibilities for Public Health. We will put health and wellbeing at the heart of everything we do and help people in Plymouth to live healthier and happier lives.

What are we doing?

Did you know life expectancy in Plymouth is improving?

On average residents can expect to live for 79.8 years. But the gap between the most wealthy and the least well off has grown. The reason for this is social inequalities around income, housing, education, employment and opportunities. We are working to make sure tackling health inequalities is at the heart of all Council policies. Our vision is to have a fairer society and healthy communities in the city.

Public health duties

Plymouth City Council is now responsible for a wide range of health issues including stop smoking services and other lifestyle campaigns to promote better health for all. View the full list.

The Public Health team works with other organisations in the city that actually provide the services.

More information on help with health issues

We have contracts with Livewell SouthWest, GP surgeries and local pharmacies for a range of health services such as support to stop smoking, help with losing weight and sexual health promotion. PCH also provides community, physical and mental healthcare.

Background to the transfer

The Health and Social Care Act reorganised the structure of the NHS in England and transferred Public Health responsibilities into local government. In Plymouth a new department called the Office of the Director of Public Health was established and granted a ring fenced budget from the Department of Health.