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Public health in Gateshead

Following the introduction of the Health and Social Care Act 2012, local councils across the UK have been responsible for improving the health of their people and their communities since April 2013.

In Gateshead, it's now our job to commission and deliver a wide range of services that cover many areas, from sexual health, alcohol and drug misuse through to NHS Health Checks, mental health and wellbeing, and public awareness campaigns for diseases such as cancer, heart disease and stroke.

It's also our job to promote healthy living, to tackle health inequalities, and to put plans in place so that everyone has the knowledge they need to help themselves stay healthy, can access a range of screening and vaccination programmes, and can be quickly and efficiently referred to the right services whenever they need more help and support.

Who we work with

At Gateshead Council, we work closely with a number of organisations including The Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS England and Public Health England to deliver high quality services that are tuned to the specific needs of our communities.

Ultimately, this means that you will be able to make more informed choices about your own health and any care and support you need, which will result in greatly 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.

Director of Public Health Annual Reports

Icon for pdf 2019 - Ageing Well in Gateshead [6.81MB]

This year's report, 'Ageing Well in Gateshead' takes a broad view of some of the challenges that face us as individuals and communities as we grow older and illustrates how complex and different ageing well is for every person. In these videos, Tommy talks about the importance of friendship and his advice to 'get up and have a go' and try new things to combat loneliness.

Icon for pdf 2018 - Obesity: Made in England [2.89MB]

Icon for pdf 2017 - Inequalities: It never Rains But It Pours [2.24MB]

Icon for pdf 2016 - Tobacco: A Smoking Gun [1.94MB]

Recent research

In 2018, Gateshead Council commissioned research to understand the impact of the roll out of Universal Credit in Gateshead and Newcastle.

Icon for pdf Read or download the full report [960.01KB]

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

Icon for pdf Research findings from Fit 4 the Future [1.4MB]

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