Public health advice service for clinical commissioning groups

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.


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Following the implementation of the Health and Care Act 2022 on 1 July 2022, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have been abolished and their functions have been assumed by integrated care boards (ICBs).

Public Health England has also been replaced by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID).

These changes will be made to the guidance at its next update.

The public health advice service 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.

Published 26 June 2012