News

22 August 2019
Have your say on our Strategic Equality Objectives

As a public health institution, we aim to embody inclusivity in all aspects of the work we deliver for the people of Wales. 

20 August 2019
Wales has not seen increases in measles cases over the past three years

Where there have been small outbreaks of measles these have been due to imported disease in each of the last three years.

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16 August 2019
Drug misuse deaths in Wales in 2018

There were a total of 208 drug misuse deaths registered in 2018.

07 August 2019
Healthy schools win 23 National Quality Awards in 2018-19

Congratulations to the 23 schools in Wales who received the National Quality Award for health and wellbeing over the 2018-19 academic year. 

06 August 2019
Inaugural sexual health in prisons workshop

The Health Protection team held its first ever workshop on sexual health provision in Welsh prisons last month. 

02 August 2019
Healthy Hajj: Pilgrims urged to be aware of MERS-CoV

Public Health Wales is urging Hajj pilgrims to be aware of and take precautions against catching MERS-CoV, sometimes also referred to as ‘camel flu’. 

01 August 2019
Quality, Safety and Improvement Committee papers published

The next Quality, Safety and Improvement Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday 6 August 2019.

31 July 2019
Registration for the Welsh Public Health Conference 2019 is now open!

This year, the Welsh Public Health Conference will take place on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 October at the International Conference Centre in Newport.

31 July 2019
Improve social connections to help communities thrive in uncertain times

A new report will help public services and other organisations in Wales work to develop resilient individuals and communities that are better equipped to respond to challenging circumstances like economic crises, stress, trauma, and the challenges of everyday life.

29 July 2019
Find out what happened at our 2019 AGM

This year, we held our AGM in Newport on Thursday 25 July. 

29 July 2019
Community TB Screening Exercise in Llwynhendy – Next steps

Public Health Wales and Hywel Dda University Health Board are working together to provide clinical support to those patients identified as requiring further attention following the community tuberculosis (TB) screening exercise held in Llwynhendy, Carmarthenshire in June.

25 July 2019
Look at our accomplishments over the last year

Find out about our achievements over the past year with our new Annual Report. 

25 July 2019
Increase in Hepatitis C testing in prisons since introduction of opt-out testing

To coincide with World Hepatitis Day 2019 on Sunday 28 July, Public Health Wales has released new figures that show a sustained increase in testing for hepatitis C virus (HCV) in prisons in Wales.

24 July 2019
Corporate Health Standard award – it's Gold!

Public Health Wales has been awarded a Gold Corporate Health Standard award following a two-day assessment.

22 July 2019
Agenda and papers published for Board meeting on Thursday 25 July 2019

Public Health Wales NHS Trust hold regular meetings, which members of the public, including members of staff, are welcome to attend. 

22 July 2019
Welsh tax-raising powers could improve population health: new report

A new review published by Public Health Wales finds that Wales’ new tax-raising powers could be used to improve population health and reduce deaths from non-communicable disease.

22 July 2019
Knowledge, Research and Information Committee papers published

The Knowledge, Research and Information Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday 24 July 2019.

19 July 2019
Public Health Wales Parent and Young People's Attitudes to Immunisation Survey

Public Health Wales (PHW) has commissioned BMG Research to undertake a survey of parents and young people’s views and experiences. The survey will help to inform the planning of services and programmes.

18 July 2019
Annual General Meeting AGM 2019 - one week to go!

There’s just one week to go until our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday 25 July in Newport. 

17 July 2019
Significant childhood adversity linked to increased risk of homelessness

People in Wales who have suffered significant adversity in childhood are 16 times more likely than the general population to experience homelessness, according to a new study by Public Health Wales.

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12 July 2019
Last chance: Submit an abstract for the Welsh Public Health Conference

You have less than two weeks to submit an abstract to help shape our programme.

11 July 2019
Crowds lined the streets for a royal welcome

Residents of all ages turned out to line the streets of New Tredegar to provide a special welcome to Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall last week.

11 July 2019
New report shows slow-down in cancer survival trends in Wales

A new report  published by the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit (WCISU) at Public Health Wales shows that long-term increases in cancer survival are slowing down. 

10 July 2019
Book your place at the 2019 National Primary Care Conference

Registrations are now open for the 4th Annual National Primary Care Conference, which will take place at the International Convention Centre in Newport on Thursday 7 November 2019.

09 July 2019
Boys' HPV vaccine to prevent cancer in Wales

From the academic year 2019/20, boys aged 12-13 will be offered the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in school alongside girls as part of the existing HPV programme.

08 July 2019
A new Guide published to advocate for sustainable investment in well-being and health equity

A new practical guide has been published on ‘How to Make the Case for Investment in Well-being and Health Equity’.

04 July 2019
Measles warning issued as Rhyl cases are investigated

People who visited particular areas of Rhyl are being warned to be alert to the signs and symptoms of measles after a local cluster of cases.

03 July 2019
Two new Non-Executive Director Vacancies

Non-Executive Directors work alongside the Executive Directors as part of a unitary board to develop the strategic direction, ensure accountability and shape the organisational culture of Public Health Wales.

27 June 2019
New research and evaluation strategy launched

The new Public Health Wales Research and Evaluation strategy highlights our commitment to embedding research and evaluation across the organisation, enabling us to build the knowledge needed to improve health and well-being across Wales (Strategic Priority 7). 

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26 June 2019
People and Organisational Development Committee papers published

The next People and Organisational Development Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday 03 July 2019.

25 June 2019
Findings of TB Community Screening Exercise in Llwynhendy

A community tuberculosis (TB) screening exercise carried out in Llwynhendy, Carmarthenshire earlier this month has identified no active cases of TB disease within the community, but 76 cases of latent TB infection.

25 June 2019
Substitution in psychoactive substances a growing concern for experts

Public Health Wales’s WEDINOS service has seen an increase in the number of samples submitted for testing in the last year.

21 June 2019
Legionnaires' disease in the Vale of Glamorgan

Employers and members of the public are being reminded of the steps they can take to minimise the risk of Legionnaires’ disease.

20 June 2019
Get involved with Clean Air Day 2019

This year Public Health Wales has signed up as a supporter of Clean Air Day 2019, which is taking place on 20 June.

19 June 2019
Poor housing costs health service £95m per year – new report

Poor quality housing costs the NHS in Wales more than £95m per year in treatment costs – but action to mitigate poor housing could see a return on investment within six years, according to a new report.

18 June 2019
Hepatitis A outbreak declared in Vale of Glamorgan

Public Health Wales is currently investigating an outbreak of seven confirmed cases of Hepatitis A in people living in the Vale of Glamorgan. 

14 June 2019
Putting health and wellbeing at the core of the new Welsh education curriculum

Staff from Public Health Wales’ Health Improvement Team recently hosted an event to introduce the New Curriculum for Wales 2022.

14 June 2019
Evidence provided to House of Commons inquiry on drugs policy

Head of Substance Misuse Programme at Public Health Wales, Josie Smith, has given evidence to a House of Commons inquiry in Westminster.

07 June 2019
Update on TB Community Screening Exercise in Llwynhendy – Friday 7 June 2019

The tuberculosis (TB) community screening exercise in Llwynhendy, Carmarthenshire being run by Public Health Wales and Hywel Dda University Health Board has now ended.

06 June 2019
Learn more about us at our AGM

Join us at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday 25 July 2019 in Newport.

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06 June 2019
Update on TB Community Screening Exercise in Llwynhendy – Wednesday 5 June 2019

Public Health Wales and Hywel Dda University Health Board are holding an additional tuberculosis (TB) screening session in Llwynhendy this week to meet high public demand for testing as part of a community screening exercise. 

31 May 2019
Every lung counts...this World No Tobacco Day, and every day

Smokers in Wales are being encouraged to start a quit attempt this World No Tobacco Day (31st May), to improve their lung health and the health of those around them.

30 May 2019
TB Community Screening Exercise in Llwynhendy

People in the Llwynhendy area in Carmarthenshire who may have been exposed to tuberculosis (TB) are being urged to attend a TB community screening exercise run by Public Health Wales and Hywel Dda University Health Board.

29 May 2019
Third of people in Wales use digital technology to self-diagnose – new report

More than a third of people in Wales (34 per cent) use digital technology to self-diagnose health conditions, whilst only 14 per cent make a healthcare appointment online.

28 May 2019
Welsh Public Health Conference 2019

Dates announced and call for abstracts now open.

24 May 2019
Agenda and papers published for Board meeting on Thursday 30 May 2019

Public Health Wales Board Papers 30 May 2019

20 May 2019
Have your say on the draft Curriculum for Wales 2022

Invitation to stakeholder workshop event for the Health and Well-being Area of Learning and Experience (AoLE) of the draft Curriculum for Wales 2022.

13 May 2019
Responding to adverse childhood experiences - An evidence review

Individuals who have experienced four or more ACEs, are at higher risk of suffering the detrimental effects associated with ACEs.

01 May 2019
Preventing violent extremism needs a public health approach

More needs to be done to understand the journey that leads individuals to commit acts of violent extremism.

 

29 April 2019
More than eight in ten men in prison suffered childhood adversity

Childhood adversity linked to more times in prison, violent offending and a history of time in youth offender institutions

25 April 2019
Public Health Wales supports Cardiff Healthy Travel Charter

We have signed the newly developed Healthy Travel Charter.

09 April 2019
Journal article sets out new approach to local air quality management

Public Health Wales’s Environmental Public Health Team has published new research to enhance local air quality management policy and action in Wales.

09 April 2019
Public Health Wales prepares for Brexit

Public Health Wales has established a programme of work to ensure business continuity following Brexit, particularly in the event of a “no-deal” scenario.

09 April 2019
Public Health Wales supports Nursing Now campaign

Public Health Wales is playing a key role in the rollout of the Nursing Now Cymru Wales campaign, which was officially launched at an event in Cardiff on 29 March.

04 April 2019
Last chance to register your place to attend the 16th Welsh Immunisation Conference

Registration closes this week and only a few places remain.

04 April 2019
Sanctuary seekers and health professionals in Wales call for accessible health and wellbeing services for all – new report

People seeking sanctuary, including refugees and asylum seekers, are struggling to access health and wellbeing services in Wales, according to a new Public Health Wales and Swansea University report.

04 April 2019
Public Health Outcomes Framework – indicator refresh and health board boundary changes

The Public Health Wales Observatory has released its latest refresh of the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF) tool.

04 April 2019
Public support for asking about traumatic childhood experiences in general practice, suggests initial study

Almost nine out of 10 patients (87 per cent) who provided feedback following a new pilot initiative said a GP surgery is a suitable place to be asked about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

04 April 2019
New Public Health Wales directorates formally established from today

Two new directorates of Public Health Wales are formally up and running from today (1 April).

28 March 2019
Welsh leaders agree priority areas for preventative action

Leaders from across the whole of the public sector came together alongside third sector partners at a seminal event to agree a way forward on priority areas for action to prevent ill health.

03 February 2019
January 2019 Board Meeting

A Public Board meeting of Public Health Wales will be held on Thursday 24 January 2019 at 9:30am, in Room 3.7, 2 Capital Quarter, Tyndall Street, Cardiff.

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30 January 2019
Talking to mothers about their adverse childhood experiences

A new ground-breaking local initiative delivered in Anglesey by the Betsi Cadwaladr UHB, has seen health visitors routinely asking new mothers about the Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACEs they suffered as children

29 January 2019
True cost of gambling underestimated, say new publications

The current focus on individual ‘problem gamblers’ fails to take into account the full health and social cost of gambling because it overlooks the wider impact on families, friends and communities, according to new work published today.

21 January 2019
New National Report examines how Brexit may affect health and well-being of people across Wales

Published today by Public Health Wales, the Health Impact Assessment of Brexit examines the potential effects of Brexit on the short, medium and long-term health of people living in Wales.

17 January 2019
Cervical Screening Wales writes to women affected by out of date sample pot issue

Cervical Screening Wales has written to 369 women to advise them of an issue identified by the screening programme.

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26 November 2018
Change in cancer waiting times aims to improve outcomes

The Wales Cancer Network today welcomes a Welsh Government plan to implement a Single Cancer Pathway (SCP) in Wales.

20 November 2018
Cocaine-related hospital admissions on the rise in Wales

The number of cocaine-related hospital admissions has increased by 114% in the five years to 2017-18.

By Public Health Wales
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25 October 2018
Significant improvement in smear test result times

More than 140,000 women attended a smear test in Wales in 2017/18 according to a new report from Cervical Screening Wales.

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18 September 2018
New cervical screening test rolled out across Wales

From this week, all smear tests in Wales will look for the presence of high-risk strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV) which cause 99.8 per cent of cervical cancers.

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