Select Committee on Health Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence

Annex 2

Agenda Item No


  Report to:  Health Services Review Panel.

  Committee Date:  24 February 1999.

  Reporting Officer:  Environmental Health Services Manager.

  Subject:  Public Health Audit.

  Synopsis:  To review the Council's contribution to public health both through general council activities and also in respect of its work through the health regeneration team.


  1.1  The Council's mission statement provides a commitment to work with the community to improve the quality of life.

  1.2  There are many factors which contribute to the quality of life, but these will include good health, and access to services and facilities which maintain that health.

  1.3  The World Health Organisation definition of health is "a state of complete physical, mental and social well being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity".

  1.4  It is apparent therefore that the majority of services which the Council provide, either on its own, or in partnership with other organisations, contribute in some way to the health of the community and thus to maintaining and improving the quality of life of that community.


  2.1  A report was presented to the Health Services Review Panel in September outlining the Council's contribution to public health issues together with a brief "audit" sheet of relevant services.

  2.2  The Panel resolved that a full audit of the Council's present public health services and its role as a facilitator and promoter of community health should be undertaken.

  2.3  The audit will enable the co-ordination and consolidation of all services and programmes which contribute to the public health agenda in order to draw up an action plan for future work.


  3.1  All Departmental Managers have been approached to indicate which areas of their department's work have public health significance.

  3.2  The audit sheets have been drawn up by department listing, but in many cases, and in particular with project work, a number of departments can jointly contribute to the specific outcomes.

  3.3  Appendix I is the comprehensive audit and where possible potential health outcomes have been included.

  3.4  Appendix II is a summary of the Council's wider, multi-agency and community involvement in public health issues over the past year.


  4.1  Gravesham Council is committed to working with its community to improve the quality of life.

  4.2  The Council through its traditional services as well as the more recent initiatives of Agenda 21, Community Safety and Health Regeneration is providing services which will make a positive contribution to improving health and quality of life.

  4.3  The Council is committed to multi-agency work to achieve its aims.

  4.4  The Council is committed to community consultation and involvement and seeks to involve the community in drawing up programmes for health improvement.


  5.1  That the Panel notes the report and request the Environmental Health Services Manager to draw up an action plan for future work by the Council in respect of Health Regeneration.

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