This guidance aims to help local authority based Directors of Public Health and NHS commissioners with local planning in the transition year before the new healthcare system goes live in April 2013.
The is a means of ensuring that specialist public health advice in NHS commissioning is not lost when the new healthcare system is created. It includes examples of existing Memorandums of Understanding and has a frequently asked questions section.
The policy intention is to make it, through regulations, a mandatory requirement for local authorities to provide this service to clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), but the detail of the arrangements will need to be planned locally by CCGs and Directors of Public Health.
As part of the Health and Social Care Act 2012, CCGs will have access to public health advice, information and expertise in relation to the healthcare services that they commission and will be provided by local public health teams based in local authorities.