Health protection – guidance

Contacts: PHE regions and local centres

Public Health England provides expert public health advice, support and services tailored to local needs. Use the postcode lookup to find your local contact.

The contact details on these pages are for professional use. Contact your GP if you are a member of the public and need health advice.

Choosing the appropriate local contact at PHE

Centres are the front door for most of PHE’s local services across health improvement, healthcare public health and health protection. They:

  • support local areas to deliver their health and wellbeing strategies
  • coordinate PHE’s local activities to improve health outcomes for local populations
  • work across local and national strategies, policies and actions that affect the health of their populations

Centres can have one or more local health protection teams, depending on their size and geography. These teams can assist with specific health protection enquiries, such as reporting notifiable diseases and causative organisms.

Regions take a strategic view of the wider local public health system, with partners including leaders in NHS England, local government and Health Education England.

In a public health emergency, health professionals should use the emergency contacts page to find the right phone number.

Contact details for your region and local centre

The North of England region has 3 centres:

  • North East
  • North West
  • Yorkshire and the Humber

The Midlands and East of England region has 3 centres:

  • East Midlands
  • East of England
  • West Midlands

The South of England region has 2 centres:

  • South East
  • South West

PHE London is an integrated region and centre.

Centres

There are 8 centres outside London, along with an integrated region and centre in London. Each local centre director is a partner in the local public health system.

The role of centres is to:

  • provide local health protection services, expertise, response and advice to the local NHS, local authorities and other partners
  • lead PHE’s contribution to emergency planning, resilience and response
  • support local action to promote and protect health and wellbeing, and create a health care system which improves health and reduces inequalities
  • work with the Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) and Local Government Association (LGA) to help spread innovation
  • undertake the relevant PHE role in the national protocol for managing risk of underperformance locally
  • ensure PHE staff and partners can access high quality data, statistics and expert knowledge, for commissioning local services
  • advise and support local authorities and directors of public health (DsPH) in the appointment of public health specialists
  • advise on compliance with the grant conditions including mandated and non-mandated services

The centres are supported by PHE colleagues in:

  • specialist microbiology services, which provide laboratory analysis facilities
  • field epidemiology teams
  • knowledge and intelligence teams, who provide specialist surveillance and intelligence for localities

Finding health protection teams in centres

Local health protection teams provide specialist support to prevent and reduce the effect of infectious diseases, chemical and radiation hazards, and major emergencies.

Activities include:

  • local disease surveillance
  • maintaining alert systems
  • investigating and managing health protection incidents and outbreaks
  • delivering and monitoring national action plans for infectious diseases at local level

Contact your local health protection team if you are a health professional needing expert local health protection advice, including out of hours.

Regions

Public Health England has 4 regions:

Regional teams guide and support the local public health system. They look at how the whole public health system is making progress with the Public Health Outcomes Framework. Regions also help train and develop the people who work in public health.

The role of regions is to:

  • make sure the system is transparent and accountable
  • manage strategic discussions with partners
  • give professional support and leadership to the public health system, clinical and medical supervision, and professional guidance and leadership
  • see that PHE centres provide consistently high-quality services, address local needs and priorities, and contribute to improving local health
  • make sure the region has a national emergency planning, resilience and response strategy