PHE was established in April 2013. It is an executive agency of the Department of Health and provides a wide range of services including surveillance, cancer registration, and advice and support for local government and the NHS. It also publishes public health data.
The House of Commons Health Select Committee examined the new public health arrangements in England and the work of PHE. The Committee was satisfied that some functions are operating well, but expressed concerns about PHE’s policy work and its relationship with government.
The government’s response directly addresses these concerns and the recommendations made by the Committee.
The government has also set out its expectations of PHE for 2014 to 2015 in a letter from the Public Health Minister. This is included as an annex to the response.
The Health Committee report on PHE was published in February 2014.