About Public Health Wales

Public Health Wales is an NHS organisation providing professionally independent public health advice and services to protect and improve the health and wellbeing of the population of Wales. 

Public Health Wales has four statutory functions:

  • To provide and manage a range of public health, health protection, healthcare improvement, health advisory, child protection and microbiological laboratory services and services relating to the surveillance, prevention and control of communicable diseases;
  • To develop and maintain arrangements for making information about matters related to the protection and improvement of health in Wales available to the public; to undertake and commission research into such matters and to contribute to the provision and development of training in such matters;
  • To undertake the systematic collection, analysis and dissemination of information about the health of the people of Wales in particular including cancer incidence, mortality and survival; and prevalence of congenital anomalies; and
  • To provide, manage, monitor, evaluate and conduct research into screening of health conditions and screening of health related matters. 

Current Projects & Priorities

Public Health Network Cymru has a long-term aim to educate, inform and facilitate the sharing of knowledge and evidence on a wide-range of public health topics.

The in-depth topics covered by Public Health Network Cymru from the outset are:

  • Nutrition
  • Physical Activity
  • Sexual Health
  • Mental Health

Each financial year will see the addition of three additional in-depth topics to the work of Public Health Network Cymru, based on emerging priority areas.