International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2019: Are you leadaware?

Lead exposure can have serious detrimental effects on health, especially in children.

Statement on suspected mumps in Cardiff and Cwm Taf

Public Health Wales is urging people to make sure they have received the MMR vaccination as it investigates cases of suspected mumps in universities in Wales.

The Welsh Public Health Conference is almost here

Conference week is here and we are so excited to see you all at the ICC this week! 

The Health Impacts of Brexit: risks of harmful impacts increase whilst chances of positive impacts remain unchanged

A new report looks at evidence that’s emerged since January about the possible real-life effects Brexit could have on people’s health and well-being in Wales, as the chance of a no-deal Brexit on 31 October has increased.

Welsh Public Health Conference - One week to go!

The countdown is on, there's only one week to go until the Welsh Public Health Conference 2019! 

Rules of community engagement: Relinquish your power so that communities can take control

Community engagement that leads to empowerment is good for health.

Knowledge, Research and Information Committee papers published

The Knowledge, Research and Information Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday 09 October 2019.

Welsh athlete with cystic fibrosis gets his flu vaccine ahead of embarking on his latest gruelling challenge

As somebody with a long-term health condition, Josh knows he is vulnerable to infections. At high risk of complications from flu, he needs his annual vaccine to best protect himself. 

A healthy heritage: 20 years of the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes

20 years in existence. 202 National Quality Awards presented to schools in Wales for outstanding health and wellbeing. 2019 finds the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes (WNHSS) at an impressive point in its history.

Farmers' health and wellbeing needs to be at the centre of Brexit response – new report

More needs to be done to protect against the potential detrimental impact of Brexit on the health and wellbeing of farming communities in Wales, and to challenge the stigma associated with seeking help, according to a new report.

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Phase 2 of Llwynhendy Community TB Screening Exercise finds no new active cases of TB

No active cases of TB disease have been found within the community following the second phase of a community tuberculosis (TB) screening exercise carried out at Prince Philip Hospital earlier this month. This was in response to the TB outbreak in Llwynhendy, Carmarthenshire.

Agenda and papers published for Board meeting on Thursday 26 September 2019

A Public Board meeting of Public Health Wales will be held on Thursday 26 September 2019 at 9:00am, in Room 3.7, 2 Capital Quarter, Tyndall Street, Cardiff.

Winners of NHS Wales Awards 2019 announced

Nine awards were presented to organisations across Wales for their innovative work that has transformed the experience and outcomes for people in Wales.

Hepatitis C eliminated in HMP Swansea: A UK first for a remand prison

HMP Swansea has eliminated hepatitis C amongst its prison population—a UK first for a remand prison.  

Drug deaths at their highest ever levels in Wales

Welsh drug deaths are at their highest ever levels according to a new report by Public Health Wales, with deaths from drug poisoning having increased by 78 per cent over the last 10 years.

Designed to Smile is 10!

This September, Designed to Smile (D2S), the national programme to improve the oral health of children in Wales, is celebrating its tenth birthday. 

Tuberculosis in Wales Annual Report 2019

Tuberculosis cases decline, yet the disease remains a concern

Responding to the challenge of implementing sustainable development principles - new report

A new report to support public sector bodies to implement sustainable development principles has been published today by the Health and Sustainability Hub and Research and Evaluation Division in Public Health Wales.

Preventable trauma in childhood costs North America and Europe $1.3 trillion a year

Across Europe and North America the long-term impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on health and productivity is equivalent to 1.3 trillion dollars a year, according to a new paper published in the Lancet Public Health.

John Boulton appointed as NHS Director of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety/Director of 1000 Lives

His appointment will take effect from 1 September 2019.

Number of smokers accessing free NHS quit support increases by a third

A record breaking 15,599 smokers in Wales used free NHS Help Me Quit services in 2018-19 – signalling the fourth consecutive year of growth and an increase of 3,672 smokers from five years ago (31 per cent).

How Public Health Wales helps to protect our environment

The Wales Environmental Public Health Service has published its sixth annual review.

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. 

UK loses WHO measles elimination status, but cases remain low in Wales

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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Drug misuse deaths in Wales in 2018

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

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. 

Inaugural sexual health in prisons workshop

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

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’. 

Quality, Safety and Improvement Committee papers published

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

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.

Find out what happened at our 2019 AGM

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

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.

Look at our accomplishments over the last year

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

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.

Corporate Health Standard award – it's Gold!

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

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. 

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.

Knowledge, Research and Information Committee papers published

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

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. 

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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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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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’.

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.

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.

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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People and Organisational Development Committee papers published

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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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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. 

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.

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.

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.

Welsh Public Health Conference 2019

Dates announced and call for abstracts now open.

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

Public Health Wales Board Papers 30 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.

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.

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.


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

Public Health Wales supports Cardiff Healthy Travel Charter

We have signed the newly developed Healthy Travel Charter.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Registration closes this week and only a few places remain.

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).

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).

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.

#loveyourcervix campaign launches today

Cervical Screening Wales launches its awareness campaign across social media

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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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

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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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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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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