Public health services, vision and policies

1. Services

Councils now have a duty to promote the health of their local population, tackle health inequalities and ensure robust plans are in place to protect the health of the local population.

Please visit the below websites for information about the services the council is responsible for, and their contact details:

Learn more about our public health policies and reports

View more information about health services in Westminster

2. Vision

Public Health Vision 2016 to 2020

Dr Mike Robinson, Director of Public Health Tri-borough, along with Westminster City Council have a vision that all people in Westminster are able to be well, stay well and live well, supported by a collaborative and cohesive health and care system.

Ambitions to deliver the vision

We will work with our colleagues within the council, the NHS and others to improve and protect health and wellbeing and reduce the health inequalities within Westminster. 

Our focus will be the following:

  1. Reduce childhood obesity and increase the number of children that leave school with a healthy weight.
  2. Promote the importance of the wider determinants of health and wellbeing especially work or another clear sense of purpose within a community, and overcoming mental and physical health barriers to employment.
  3. Design and deliver services that have the biggest impact on prevention, early intervention and early help where it is needed particularly focusing on dementia and reducing the stigma and fear associated with dementia and creating dementia-friendly communities which support and include people with the condition and their carers.
  4. Work with others to ensure that housing supports a healthy and independent lifestyle, supports the most vulnerable into safe housing and reduces homelessness, as a safe and secure home is a fundamental determinant of good health. 
  5. Improve mental wellbeing by promoting self-care and sign posting to preventative and joined up services.
  6. Provide public health services to the highest possible standards in terms of outcomes and reducing health inequalities.

We will work with others to deliver these ambitions through the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy. 

3. Annual report and policies

2016 to 2017 - The Roads to Wellbeing

Poor mental wellbeing could affect any of us at any point in our lives. We should all be looking after our mental wellbeing.

That's the key message from our Director of Public Health in this year’s annual report, ‘The Roads to Wellbeing’. 

With the wider impacts of mental health resulting in around £26bn each year in social and economic costs to London, mental wellbeing is everyone's business.

Read the 2016 to 2017 report

2015 to 2016

We have compiled a snapshot of the health of the people who live in Westminster, Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea.

If you want to know what we are doing to make sure more people are more physically active and the challenges our young people are facing, see the Tri-Borough Public Health report for 2013 to 2014.

Read the 2015 to 2016 report

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)

JSNAs are developed jointly by local health and social care partners. They provide a detailed picture of health needs of the local population, usually focusing on  a specific topic. The information is used to identify actions that local agencies will need to take to improve the wellbeing of individuals and communities.

Read more information on JSNAs

​Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment

The Westminster Health and Wellbeing Board are consulting on their draft Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment for 2018-21 until 2 February 2018. The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment reports on the need for and provision of pharmacy services in a local area. It is primarily used by NHS England to make decisions about applications to open new pharmacies or to change their location.

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Community Champions Report

The Community Champions have published an end of year highlight report. The report covers April 2014 to March 2015.

4. Contact details

For any queries relating to public health, please contact us on:

Call us on 020 7641 4590 or email

Last updated: 6 December 2017
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