Public health commissioning in the NHS 2015 to 2016

This agreement sets out outcomes to be achieved and funding provided for NHS England to commission public health services.


Service specification No. 19: NHS newborn blood spot screening programme

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The ‘NHS public health functions agreement’ sets out the arrangements under which the Secretary of State delegates responsibility to NHS England for certain public health services (known as Section 7A services). It aims to:

  • improve public health outcomes and reduce health inequalities
  • contribute to a more sustainable public health, health and care system

The service specifications provide details of the public health evidence and advice needed to support effective commissioning.

NHS England is required to produce an annual report to measure its performance against the objectives set out in the NHS public health functions agreement.

Updates to this page

Published 11 December 2014
Last updated 8 October 2015 + show all updates
  1. Added document: Variation to the 2015 to 2016 agreement on public health functions to be exercised by NHS England: October 2015

  2. Service specification 31 (meningococcal group B (MenB) programme) added.

  3. Added document: 'NHS Public Health Functions Services Agreement 2015-16: change to delivery approach to childhood flu immunisation in Cumbria'

  4. Added document: Variation to the 2015-16 agreement on public health functions to be exercised by NHS England

  5. added document: NHS public health functions agreement: Variation to the 2014-15 agreement

  6. First published.

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