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
This variation made to the 2016 to 2017 agreement relates to the change in commissioning of services for Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), as currently included within Annex A: Immunisation programmes. From 1 June 2016 it will be commissioned via specialised commissioning and not as part of the NHS public health functions agreement (Section 7A).