Public Health Commissioning

NHS England works closely with Public Health England and the Department of Health to provide and commission a range of public health services.

Public health functions agreement (Section 7A)

The NHS has a critical part to play in securing good population health. The public health functions agreement (S7A) is an annual agreement between the Secretary of State for Health and NHS England.

Public health national service specifications

National service specifications for the public health functions agreement (Section 7A) 2017/18.

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 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.

Be Clear on Cancer campaign

Be Clear on Cancer – Be Clear on Cancer campaign announcement and update

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 July until mid-October 2016.

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

This letter announces that the national campaign for 2016 is Be Clear on Cancer ‘Blood in Pee’ and will run from March to April 2016.

This letter announces that the next national campaign will be a reminder campaign for breast cancer in women over 70 and is scheduled to run during July and August 2015.

Contact Name and email address for any queries:

Previous campaign information

Sexual Assault Referral Centres

Who pays for Screening and Immunisation within the Maternity Pathway Payment

This document is a refresh of the document published in January 2014 and aims to further clarify the funding streams for Public Health Section 7A Screening and Immunisation Programmes within the Maternity Pathway Payment. The document standardises which commissioner, NHS England or Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), and which NHS England funding stream is responsible for payment of the activity.

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.