The Public Health Department focuses on the health and well-being of people living in Forth Valley. This includes protecting people from becoming ill. The department is led by Dr Graham Foster, Director of Public Health and Strategic Planning.
What is Public Health?
The Faculty of Public Health defines public health as:
‘The science and art of promoting and protecting health and well-being, preventing ill-health and prolonging life through the organised efforts of society’.
The core values of Public health practice are that it should be equitable, empowering, effective, evidence-based, fair and inclusive.
In light of the core values and the three domains of public health practice nine key areas for public health practice have been agreed which form the basis of all standards of training and practice that the Faculty develops.
Nine Key Areas of Public Health
The nine key areas are:
- Surveillance and assessment of the population’s health and wellbeing
- Assessing the evidence of effectiveness of health and healthcare interventions, programmes and services
- Policy and strategy development and implementation
- Strategic leadership and collaborative working for health
- Health Improvement
- Health Protection
- Health and Social Service Quality
- Public Health Intelligence
- Academic Public Health
Public Health Department
NHS Forth Valley
Castle Business Park
Stirling, FK9 4SW
Phone: 01786 457262