Public Health Nottingham City aims to improve the health of our population

By identifying the needs of people in Nottingham, we can provide services to help meet them over time. This includes the prevention of illness, planning health services, and protecting the public from transferable diseases and environmental hazards.

Public Health traditionally breaks down into three areas:

  • Health Improvement
  • Health Protection
  • Commissioning and services

Some particular areas include:

  • Tobacco control
  • Substance misuse
  • Sexual health
  • Children and young people
  • Mental health
  • Obesity and physical activity
  • Oral health
  • Long-term conditions
  • Older people

For more information please contact Julie Carlin on 0115 876 4091 or email

Michael Varnam Awards

In 2007 the NHS Nottingham City, in conjunction with partners, set up an annual recognition award in memory of Dr Michael Varnam. Michael was a great inspirational practitioner who worked tirelessly for 35 years to improve the health and well-being of some of our most disadvantaged people in Nottingham. He died aged 61, at a time when his influence was most strongly felt. The local health community wanted to honour his life and ideals, as well as his vision for the future.

Nominate from 5 August

Nominate for the Michael Varnam Award

Strategic Framework

We work with the Health and Wellbeing Board, alongside other Council departments, the Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), third-sector organisations, and other partners to identify and tackle shared goals.

The work we do and the targets that we set are aligned to Nottingham's 2020 plan to target and improve the health of our citizens and tackle health inequalities in the city.

Health and Wellbeing Board

The Health and Wellbeing Board is a statutory body created to oversee and drive forward health and wellbeing priorities in the City. The board includes councillors, officers, and other partners including Nottingham City CCG. 

Find out more about Health and Wellbeing board.


Healthwatch Nottingham is an organisation that champions the local community voice of all citizens, service users, and carers of health and social care services.

One Nottingham

One Nottingham is the strategic partnership for the City, bringing together public, private, voluntary and community sector organisations to champion our long-term vision for Nottingham and tackle disadvantage.

Joint Strategic Needs Assessments

It is the joint responsibility of local authorities and the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to prepare Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs).

JSNA chapters have been created on a series of individual health and wellbeing issues looking at the level of need in our communities and at the services in place to address it.

They are used to determining what actions partners need to take to meet health and social care needs and to address the wider determinants that impact on health and wellbeing.

All of Nottingham City JSNA chapters can be found on Nottingham Insight.

Public Health Outcomes Framework

We work into the Public Health Outcomes Framework which sets local health indicators. Objectives that we should be looking to achieve to increase healthy life expectancy and reduce health inequalities.

Pharmacy Needs Assessment

The aim of the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) is to enable understanding of the pharmaceutical needs of our local population and, where necessary, use this information to develop new services. The PNA is used to inform the commissioning process with respect to pharmaceutical needs in Nottingham.