Core Work Programme

YHPHO has become part of Public Health England, joining its Knowledge and Intelligence Team (Northern and Yorkshire).

This page is an historical archive only.


YHPHO receives funding from the Department of Health in order to fulfil a wide range of regional and national roles. For an overview of our role during transition please visit the About Us page. We are working with Public Health England (PHE) to transfer our function to PHE in April 2013.
The core role of regional PHOs was set out through the Association of Public Health Observatories (APHO). Key elements of the core role include:

  • providing a regional health intelligence service including trajectories for Public Service Agreement and inequalities targets (working with key regional partners such as Regional Development Agencies, Universities and Government Offices);
  • supporting commissioning for health improvement and well-being;
  • providing comparative health information to support decision-making processes in PCTs, local authority organisations and other local / regional agencies;
  • supporting Local Area Agreements (LAAs) in the development of outcomes and indicators;
  • producing / refreshing Health Profiles for each local authority area;
  • fulfilling the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) safe haven role;
  • acting as a source of expertise in health intelligence, indicator development and inequalities measurement;
  • undertaking national work as prioritised by CMO/RDsPH and agreed through APHO, working with other government departments as appropriate;
  • providing advice and information in support of APHO national lead areas (ensuring access to work undertaken in other PHOs through single, interoperable searches across PHO websites);
  • providing advice on methodology (e.g. Health Equity Audit, Health Impact Assessment, inequality measurement, visualising data);
  • supporting relevant networks (public health leaders and information specialists / analysts) to develop capability and capacity to maximise the use of health intelligence in decision-making.

We also have a number of specific programme strands for Yorkshire and the Humber. Find more about our work relating to lifestyles, health inequalities and patient and public insight by visiting our Theme pages. We also support Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA).

Last Updated: Monday, 16th March 2015

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