Health and wellbeing in Newham

We are responsible for promoting and protecting the health and wellbeing of people who live in Newham. We took over this duty from the NHS in 2013.

Public health in Newham

Now that public health is part of the council, we have opportunities to work with other areas of the council that impact health, such as housing, transport and the environment.

We have a range of public health functions, but by law we are responsible for:
  • helping to protect people from the dangers of infectious diseases and environmental threats
  • organising and paying for sexual health services
  • providing specialist public health advice to primary care services such as Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) and community health professionals
  • organising and paying for height and weight checks for primary school children
  • providing a wide range of health promotion services.


How we plan your health services

We work with health and social care partners to look at the health needs of our residents. We gather information to create a number of reports that help us to plan health services and tackle inequalities in the borough.

These reports can help you to understand the health of your community.

Annual public health report

Every council's Director of Public Health has a statutory responsibility to produce an annual report. 

Our 2016/17 annual report (PDF) focuses on women and health in Newham. It highlights the valuable contributions women make to their own health and some of the challenges they face that are harmful to their health.

The 2015/16 annual report (PDF) focused on bowel cancer and the innovative work to improve the uptake of screening tests in the borough.

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment

We work with the Newham Clinical Commissioning Group to prepare the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA).
The document pulls together information about local health and social care needs to help us plan future services.

Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment

The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) is a legal document developed by Newham’s Health and Wellbeing Board to assess the needs of the Newham population for pharmaceutical services.
The PNA highlights how pharmaceutical services are currently provided in Newham and makes recommendations about how to address gaps and health needs.

Alcohol delivery plan

The Alcohol Delivery Plan 2017/20​ sets out the priority areas we will address as we respond to the challenges caused by alcohol and its connected issues. The delivery plan sets out our clear local priorities, identified in partnership with stakeholders from health, enforcement, adult social care, the National Probation Service, the Community Rehabilitation Company, the police and the voluntary sector.

Newham ward health profiles

We use health profiles to bring together information about the health of the population of Newham.
The profiles use graphs and diagrams to show a range of health-related data in each ward, including:
  • deaths from major diseases such as heart disease and stroke
  • levels of childhood obesity
  • low birth weight
  • unemployment
  • child poverty
  • emergency admission to hospital.
By breaking the data down into wards, we are able to compare health in areas across the borough as well as England as a whole.

National health profiles

Data about the health of the borough is published by Public Health England (PHE):

Health services in your area

You can use the NHS Choices website to find out your nearest health services. Simply search using your post code or town.

You can find your nearest:

Get more information about some of the specific health-related services that we commission in Newham.

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