Public Health - Living Well

Public Health

Public health is defined as “the art and science of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts of society” (Acheson, 1988)

Our Public Health Team aim to improve the overall health of the people on the Island. The team works collaboratively with a range of local services to assess and address the health needs and inequalities in the city, promote healthy living and develop strategies for health improvement. Public health focuses on the entire spectrum of health and wellbeing with activity targeted at either population level, through the likes of health campaign or through the provision of personal services to an individual, such as vaccinations or health and behavioural advice through the Wellbeing Service.

To explain more please watch the 'What is Public health' video.

The most recent Isle of Wight Public Health Annual report.

The most recent Isle of Wight Public Health Strategy.


Services we provide or commission:

  • NHS health checks & older people

  • Healthy lifestyles services

  • Sexual health & health protection

  • Mental health & substance misuse

  • Sexual Health

  • Partnership for Education, Attainment and Children's Health (PEACH), school nurses and health visitors

Emergency Management

Emergency management is a means of assessing the threats and risks to the Island and putting plans in place to respond to an incident and assist in the recovery as defined by the Civil Contingencies Act (2004). Find out more about our emergency management and also the government guidance on preparation and planning for emergencies.

Data analysis

The production of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) aims to bring together key data and information in a way which is accessible to local commissioners, local communities and other stakeholders. It identifies the health and well-being needs of the local population and helps to improve the targeting of services which aim to reduce health inequalities that exist between different localities, groups and communities of the Isle of Wight.

Health and Wellbeing Board

The Health and Wellbeing Board is a statutory body created to oversee and drive forward health and wellbeing priorities of the Island. The board includes a number of partners including councillors and council officers. View the current Health and Wellbeing Strategy for the Isle of Wight (2018-2021).

Pharmacy service consultation

The Health and Wellbeing Board must consult on the draft pharmaceutical needs assessment (PNA) every three years. The PNA details your needs, as island residents, in relation to pharmacy services in the area. It also considers if the service location is suitable for the local population and identifies any possible gaps.

Following the consultation, and when the PNA is agreed, NHS England will use the assessment in considering future applications by pharmacies for new premises, additional or changes to existing services. It is also a key tool to identifying what is needed at a local level and gaps in provision to support the commissioning for pharmaceutical services until 2025.

The following documents provide further information:

The closing date is Sunday 17 July 2022.

Complete survey

If you cannot complete the survey online please write to S Squibb, County Hall, High Street, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 1UD.