• Research into transitioning between services: improving the experiences of young and oldResearch into transitioning between services: improving the experiences of young and old

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) today [Friday 20 October] launched the findings of two new research studies which looked at the transition of adults with intellectual disabilities (ID) into old age; and, the transition of young people with mental health problems to adult mental health services.  

    The studies are part of the PHA’s Research and Development (R&D) Division’s commissioned programme to address the research recommendations of the Bamford Review and were carried out by researchers at Ulster University.

  • Keeping people with dementia active during winter monthsKeeping people with dementia active during winter months

    In line with our dementia ‘Still Me’ campaign and the fast approaching winter months, it is important to keep people with dementia active by engaging in activities that they are interested in and are not weather permitting. 

  • Get the shingles jab if you are aged 70 or 78 Get the shingles jab if you are aged 70 or 78

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding all people aged 70 and 78 years old that they are eligible to receive the shingles vaccine. Every year in Northern Ireland, around 1,000 people in their seventies will get shingles. The vaccine will help protect against this common and painful disease and its complications. 

  • Funding to retain nurses in care of older peopleFunding to retain nurses in care of older people

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is delighted to have been successful in securing a significant grant for ‘Project RETAIN’ from the prestigious Burdett Trust for Nursing. The funding will support a regional initiative in partnership with local Health and Social Care Trusts, the Department of Health, Age NI and nurse education providers, which will aim to improve nurse retention and recruitment in care of older people’s settings in Northern Ireland.

    Mary Hinds, Director of Nursing and Allied Health Professions at the PHA, said: “Over the past 100 years, life expectancy for both men and women in Northern Ireland has increased. In 2013‐15, male and female life expectancy was around 78 years and 82 years respectively.

  • Adverse weatherAdverse weather

    During adverse weather many people can experience a range of situations associated with the extreme weather such as cold and freezing temperatures, no electricity or mains water and flooding.  The Public Health Agency (PHA) has compiled public health information to assist the public in these situations

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Welcome

The Public Health Agency (PHA) was established in April 2009 as part of the reforms to Health and Social Care (HSC) in Northern Ireland. We are the major regional organisation for health protection and health and social wellbeing improvement. Our role also commits us to addressing the causes and associated inequalities of preventable ill-health and lack of wellbeing. We are a multi-disciplinary, multi-professional body with a strong regional and local presence.

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In fulfilling our mandate to protect public health, improve public health and social wellbeing, and reduce inequalities in health and social wellbeing, the PHA works within an operational framework of three areas: Public Health, Nursing and Allied Health Professionals, and Operations. Our corporate and business plans reflect these arrangements and our purpose as an organisation.

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Funding to retain nurses in care of older people

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 - News

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is delighted to have been successful in securing a significant grant for ‘Project RETAIN’ from the prestigious Burdett Trust for Nursing. The funding will support a regional initiative in partnership with local Healt...

Get the shingles jab if you are aged 70 or 78

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 - News

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding all people aged 70 and 78 years old that they are eligible to receive the shingles vaccine.

Every year in Northern Ireland, around 1,000 people in their seventies will get shingles. The vaccine w...

Stay Well This Winter resources

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 - Publication

Produced as part of the ‘Stay Well This Winter’ campaign, these resources encourage all eligible people to get the free seasonal flu vaccine, remind people to stay warm and order repeat prescriptions before Christmas, and visit their pharmacist if...

Adverse weather

Monday, 16 October 2017 - News

During adverse weather many people can experience a range of situations associated with the extreme weather such as cold and freezing temperatures, no electricity or mains water and flooding.  The Public Health Agency (PHA) has co...