Public health commissioning

NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) works closely with Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care to provide and commission a range of public health services.

Public health functions agreement (Section 7A)

The public health functions agreement (S7A) is an agreement between the Secretary of State for Health and NHS England.

NHS seasonal flu vaccination programme

Latest annual flu letter

NHS seasonal flu vaccine programme – advice and reimbursement guidance for the 2020/21 season

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has published its scientific advice and recommendations on the use of influenza vaccines in the UK for the 2020/21 season. Based on these recommendations, NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHS E&I) has published a letter, setting out the vaccines that should be offered to eligible people and the reimbursement guidance for 2020/21.

Flu vaccines advice and reimbursement guidance for 2020/21 season

Flu vaccinations for health and social care workers 2019/20 season

It’s important that health and social care workers protect themselves, their families and their patients from flu.

A dedicated web section is available to support health and social care organisations with the vaccination of their staff.

Professional leaders also wrote out encouraging health professionals to get vaccinated.

Public health national service specifications

Check the national service specifications for the public health functions agreement (Section 7A) 2018/19.

Public health commissioning intentions

Gateway Reference: 05907

NHS England Public Health Commissioning Intentions for 2017/18 have now been published. They set out to healthcare providers notice of NHS England’s Commissioning Intentions for Public Health Services under the Public health functions agreement (Section 7A).

Immunisation and screening

The operational letter provides information about the fourth year of the shingles immunisation programme from 1 September 2016.

This is a shingles immunisations training update for healthcare professionals, as developed by PHE

This document sets out how national, regional, and local operational and governance arrangements for national screening and immunisation programmes in England will be coordinated.

Child Health Information Services (CHIS)

The documents below outline the standards of delivery for the Child Health Information Service and Systems (CHIS) recognising that current practice and delivery requires improvement.

HPV-MSM (human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination for men who have sex with men (MSM))

The government has confirmed that it will be introducing a nationwide HPV vaccination programme for men who have sex with men aged 45 or younger attending level 3 specialist sexual health services (SSHS)/genitourinary medicine (GUM) and HIV clinics in England. This is being rolled out from April 2018.

The two documents below detail a list of regularly asked FAQs:

Be Clear on Cancer campaign

Be Clear on Cancer – Be Clear on Cancer campaign announcements and updates.

Public Health England, in partnership with the Department of Health and NHS England, run the Be Clear on Cancer campaign programme. The campaigns aim to improve early diagnosis of cancer by raising awareness of symptoms and encouraging people to see their GP earlier.

<!–This letter announces the next Be Clear on Cancer campaign focusing on respiratory symptoms that is due to run from May 2017 until August 2017.–>

Professor Chris Harrison, National Clinical Director for Cancer at NHS England ​has issued an announcement​ letter​ on the re-launch of the Be Clear on Cancer ‘Blood​ in Pee’ campaign that will run from 19 July to 23 September 2018.

The briefing sheet and other campaign resources are available from the online PHE Campaign Resource Centre.

Previous campaign information

Sexual Assault Referral Centres

Collection of Immunisation and Vaccination Data

NHS England intend to use the existing data collection for immunisation and vaccination collected by Public Health England (PHE) via the ImmForm system, solely for public health purposes to monitor vaccine uptake for the protection of public health.

This letter informs GP Practices.

Public health participation framework

The framework for patient and public participation in Public health participation framework describes how NHS England involves patients and the public in the commissioning of these services.