NHS Dumfries & Galloway

Directorate of Public Health

Welcome to the Public Health Directorate

Who We Are

Welcome to Public Health. Our aim is to promote Better Health & Wellbeing to reduce health inequalities through the health improvement agenda.

The key areas within Public Health are Sexual Health, Oral Health, Health Intelligence, Health Protection, Health and Wellbeing, Obesity and Mental Health.

What We Do

Our main functions in Public Health are to promote better health and wellbeing for the people of Dumfries and Galloway.

Public Health works with multi agency partners including the local authority, education, social services, police, prisons, voluntary organisations, private and 3rd Sector organisations to develop projects and services to improve health.

The Health Protection function aims to protect the population of Dumfries and Galloway from exposure to hazards which damage their health and to limit any impact on health when such exposures cannot be avoided. Hazards can be biological (e.g. infections), chemical, physical or from radiation and result in exposures through food, water, air, farm animals, the environment and person to person.

Health Intelligence involves analysing, interpreting and reporting information and evidence that relates to health. The Health Intelligence Team analyse patterns and trends in population, health, disease and use of health services to enable NHS Dumfries & Galloway to take decisions about health or health services that are based on good evidence.

Contact us

Interim Director of Public Health

Tel:  01387 272755
email: dumf-uhb.PublicHealthAdmin@nhs.net

Useful Links

NHS Dumfries and Galloway’s Public Health Directorate has developed a draft Evaluation Toolkit. The draft toolkit aims to help professionals in Public Health and Related Activities undertake high quality evaluations of current and proposed work. A short guide to evaluation has also been developed to be used in conjunction with the associated “Evaluation Toolkit: For Public Health and Related Activity.”
 
Please click on the links below to access the full toolkit and short guide:
 

Building Healthy Communities

Welcome to the Building Healthy Communities NHS website.

BHC’s ‘Vision’ is to be a strong, dynamic partnership, which reduces health inequalities using a community development approach to promote the health and wellbeing of individuals, families, communities and organisations in Dumfries and Galloway.

About us

Building Healthy Communities in Dumfries and Galloway is a region wide programme based on the ‘Healthy Living Centre’ concept and is a partnership of public, community and voluntary organisations that has been working together since 2001. The programme is designed to improve the health and wellbeing and quality of life for all individuals, particularly those who are encountering difficult circumstances and personal issues.

The programme is shaped by a Regional Partnership of strategic/local representation and four local Area Partnerhsips that currently operate across the region. Each of the Area Partnerships pool their resources and take collective action to tackle local community health issues in a co-ordinated and inclusive way which is pivotal to tackle the root causes of ill health.

Building Healthy Communities uses a co-ordinated community development approach to:

  • create a range of opportunities for local people and communities
  • encourage active local participation
  • prepare individuals for volunteering through training and one-to-one support
  • promote healthy lifestyles
  • enable individuals to be active citizens within their own community
  • outreach people through the development and implementation of a range of healthy initiatives that address local needs
  • develop effective partnership working and capacity building of individuals, organisations and communities
  • focus on ‘first step’ social support aimed at individuals dealing with anxiety, stress, depression, isolation, lack of self esteem and substance misuse
  • empower Volunteers and the wider community to improve their own health and social wellbeing


Contact us

Health & Wellbeing Specialist/ Thomesena Lochhead

BHC Manager : Sheila Campbell

Contact Details:
Building Healthy Communities

Health Improvement
Mountainhall Treatment Centre
Bankend Road
Dumfries
DG1 4AP

Telephone: 01387 246246

Regional Area Partnership 

Detailed information on BHC Area Partnerships is maintained on our blog site. 

What We Do

Our main functions in Public Health are to promote better health and wellbeing for the people of Dumfries and Galloway.

Public Health works with multi agency partners including the local authority, education, social services, police, prisons, voluntary organisations, private and 3rd Sector organisations to develop projects and services to improve health.

The Health Protection function aims to protect the population of Dumfries and Galloway from exposure to hazards which damage their health and to limit any impact on health when such exposures cannot be avoided. Hazards can be biological (e.g. infections), chemical, physical or from radiation and result in exposures through food, water, air, farm animals, the environment and person to person.

Health Intelligence involves analysing, interpreting and reporting information and evidence that relates to health. The Health Intelligence Team analyse patterns and trends in population, health, disease and use of health services to enable NHS Dumfries & Galloway to take decisions about health or health services that are based on good evidence.