I have been the Director of Public Health in this area now for 10 years and over that time we, in public health, keep trying to get better at explaining the work we do, the reasons we do it and providing easy to understand information about improving your health and helping your patients improve their health. This new website is, I believe, an excellent way of achieving this.
Public health is not a topic just for people with public health in their job title but is an area of importance and relevance to many others including all health professionals, people working in other caring professions, policy makers, planners, politicians as well as individuals interested in their health i.e. it matters to everyone.
Most people know that the West of Scotland is not renowned for being the healthiest part of the UK but considerable improvements have taken place for example in smoking, in physical activity and in immunisation programmes.
Yet, the difficult life circumstances of many people resident in our area mean that their health suffers and we have an obligation to try to tackle this by working with partner agencies in promoting good work, good housing and raising educational attainment as well as providing services to support behaviour change.
Public health is also concerned with health protection through planning and monitoring effective immunisation and screening programmes and ensuring that hazards to health are effectively recognised and controlled. We are involved in planning and evaluating health services to make sure they properly meet the needs of the public and that they use the best and most up to date research evidence on what works best to treat and manage illness.
This microsite describes all these aspects of our work, provides information on how to access support or services and displays reports on key topics and statistics describing the population’s health in this area.
Every 2 years, as Director of Public Health, I produce a report on the health of the people of Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
Dr Linda de Caestecker, Director of Public Health