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. Depending on their size and geography, Centres may have one or more local health protection teams who can assist with specific health protection enquiries such as reporting a 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 is made up of 3 centres: North East; Yorkshire and the Humber; and North West.

The Midlands and East of England region is made up of 3 centres: East Midlands; West Midlands; East of England.

The South of England region is made up of 2 centres: South East; and South West.

PHE London is an integrated region and centre.


The 9 PHE centres are the front doors of the organisation. Each local centre director is a partner in the local public health system.

The role of centres is to:

  • give local government, especially directors of public health, access to specialised advice and support
  • help local government and other partners improve the health and wellbeing of their population
  • give public health advice to the local NHS
  • work closely with NHS England
  • lead the public health response to emergencies that need specialist expertise
  • provide local health protection services
  • develop and support the people who work in public health, and manage PHE’s relationship with local education and training boards
  • support local partners to provide high quality evidence-based drug and alcohol services
  • work with the academic health science networks to help spread innovation

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 impact 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.


Public Health England has 4 regions: London, North of England, South of England, and Midlands and East of England. The London regional team is both an integrated region and a centre.

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 including jointly appointing directors of public health, 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