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.

Extension of NHS seasonal influenza vaccination

In 2017 NHS England provided additional funding to support the delivery of flu immunisation for social care workers that offer direct patient/client care. It has now been confirmed that this will continue in 2018/19 and will be extended to include health and care staff in the voluntary managed hospice sector that offer direct patient/client care. Arrangements have been put in place for the 2018/19 influenza vaccination scheme for eligible health and social care and hospice staff to be offered by GP practices and community pharmacy as part of the seasonal flu programme. Read the letter from Professor Stephen Powis to social care organisations confirming this extension.

For action: Flu vaccinations for 2018 and planning flu clinics

Following advice from Public Health England (PHE) issued last year, NHS England wrote to general practices and community pharmacies on 5 February 2018 to recommend the use of adjuvanted trivalent flu vaccine (aTIV) for those aged 65 years and over in the coming flu season.

A letter and guidance were published in August 2018 emphasising the clinical recommendations around the most effective flu vaccine for patients for the 2018/19 flu vaccination programme. We have provided guidance and support to help you and your teams implement these requirements.

Local actions to ensure aTIV is offered to individuals aged 65 years and over has now been published.

If you need any further advice or have any queries please contact the PH Commissioning team:

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.

Vaccine ordering for 2019-20 influenza season

Vaccine ordering for 2018-19 influenza season

Letters have been shared with GPs and community pharmacies, CCGs and providers to ensure their influenza vaccine orders for the 2018/19 season use the most effective vaccines for the population.

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.

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.