Priority areas for the Public Health Wales agreed

The approved organisational plan for 2020-22 has been published.

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have developed a revised Operational Plan that sets out priorities and actions we will undertake over the coming months.

This plan is designed to be able to flexible to meet the changing needs of the pandemic response. Our ability to deliver other areas of the plan could be affected as we flex to respond to the pandemic.

The plan has the following aims:

  • Respond to COVID-19 in an effective and sustainable way
  • Develop approaches around preventing broader harms from COVID-19
  • Ensure our prioritised public health services and functions are back up and running
  • Learn from the response and capture knowledge and learning achieved
  • Have good conversations about what our future ways of working will look like
  • Enable delivery and service transformation

Tracey Cooper, Chief Executive said: “As the national public health institute for Wales, we have mounted an unprecedented response where staff have mobilised to meet the needs of the organisation. All of our staff have gone above and beyond and have been exceptionally accommodating in what is a very challenging time for which I am so extremely grateful.

“Due to the pandemic we have had to recognise that our plans have had to change and are likely to have to change for the next 12-18 months. So, we’ve had to look at where we want to focus our efforts, recognising that COVID-19 is not just presenting a huge health protection threat but a threat to the physical and mental well-being of the Welsh public too.

“We recognise in developing this plan it is likely to change at short-notice and we will need to demonstrate agility and flexibility in its implementation as we continue deliver our part in Wales’ response to COVID-19.

“The health and well-being of our staff is paramount. We have developed a range of resources to support staff and will continue to prioritise the health and well-being of our staff as we deliver this plan.”

Teams Q&A sessions have been set up to enable staff to find out about a priority area of interest to them. Hosted by the Senior Responsible Officer of each priority area, the sessions will enable information conversations about the priority areas to enhance staff understanding. They will be live but recorded for people to view at a time convenient to them.


Priority area



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Quentin Sandifer

Tuesday 24 November

2pm – 3pm 


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Population Health

Mark Bellis

Tuesday 17 November

2 -3pm

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Reactivation of services

Rhiannon Beaumont Wood

Wednesday 18 November

3 – 4pm

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Organisational Learning

Sian Bolton

Wednesday 25 November

2- 3pm

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Enablers and our future ways of working

Huw George

Thursday 19 November

11am – 12pm

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If you are unable to attend in person but would like a question to be asked please email

The plan, summary pages, a video and more details on the Q&A sessions are available on the web page here.