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Public health in Gateshead

In Gateshead, our role is to commission and deliver a wide range of services that cover many areas, such as:

  • sexual health
  • alcohol and drug misuse
  • NHS Health Checks
  • mental health and wellbeing
  • public awareness campaigns for diseases such as cancer, heart disease and stroke.

It's also our role to promote healthy living and to tackle health inequalities. We put plans in place so that everyone has the knowledge they need to help themselves to :

  • stay healthy

  • access a range of screening and vaccination programmes

  • get referred to the right services whenever they need more help and support

To deliver high quality services tuned to the needs of the communities, we work with many organisations including:

  • NHS North East and North Cumbria

  • Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust

  • UK Health Security Agency

This means that you will be able to make more informed choices about your own health and any care or support you need. This will result in improved standards and results and a much healthier Gateshead.

To help us improve the health of our population, we use data and information from a range of sources. View our privacy notice.

Our strategies

Our Health and wellbeing strategy underpins everything we do. It's key to achieving our vision for health and wellbeing in Gateshead: 'Good jobs, homes, health and friends'.

Through our Physical Activity Strategy (PDF) [2MB] , we're working to get Gateshead moving.  We offer residents a range of suitable and affordable opportunities for physical activity that become part of their everyday lives.

Director of Public Health Annual Reports

2022 - Mind the Gap: Women and health inequalities (PDF) [9MB] (opens new window)

2021 - Behind the Masks: Gateshead's Covid Stories

2020 - It's raining, it's pouring - an update on inequalities in Gateshead 2017-2020 (PDF) [2MB] (opens new window)

2019 - Ageing Well in Gateshead (PDF) [6MB] (opens new window)

2018 - Obesity: Made in England (PDF) [2MB] (opens new window)

2017 - Inequalities: It Never Rains But It Pours (PDF) [2MB] (opens new window)

2016 - Tobacco: A Smoking Gun (PDF) [1MB] (opens new window)

Recent research

Our public health team champions the importance of research and making decisions based on evidence.

National Institute for Health and Care Research 

In 2022, we were awarded £5m as part of an investment by the National Institute for Health and Care Research. The funding will enable us to develop a Health Determinants Research Collaborations (opens new window)  (HDRC) with Newcastle University. 

This will give us the skills, expertise and capacity to plan and deliver research that will help residents live healthier and more fulfilling lives.

Fit for the future

Research findings from Fit 4 the Future: a place based, community led, transformative approach to improve wellbeing and address childhood obesity in Gateshead.

Research findings from Fit 4 the Future (PDF) [1MB] (opens new window)