What is an Observatory?

There are 12 Public Health Observatories (PHOs) working across the five nations of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The nine Public Health Observatories in England work together through a single work programme which contains both national and local elements. We produce information, data and intelligence on people's health and health care for practitioners, policy makers and the wider community. Our expertise lies in turning information and data into meaningful health intelligence to support decision-makers.
On behalf of the Department of Health, the West Midlands Public Health Observatory works in partnership with the NHS, local authorities, researchers, national agencies. The West Midlands Public Health Observatory’s national lead areas are Older People, Environment & Social Care.

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