Roles and responsibilities

Health protection seeks to prevent or reduce the harm caused by communicable diseases and minimise the health impact from environmental hazards such as chemicals and radiation and extreme weather events.

Nottinghamshire County Council Public Health Response Team

  • General/non-urgent advice and guidance in relation to health protection issues
  • Provide information and advice to relevant organisations and public.
  • Local health leadership (not management), identify issues and advise, links to Health & Wellbeing Board.
  • Lead the local authority’s response to incidents.
  • Preventing threats arising.
  • Planning for and responding to incidents that present a threat to the population’s health.
  • A statutory duty regarding assurance - ensuring appropriate responses.
  • Work with/alongside local trading standards and environmental health teams.


UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA)

  • Specialist clinical and scientific advice, response, research and analysis
  • Specialist health protection response incl. response to cases, outbreaks and incidents.
  • Specialist information and advice, respond to enquiries.
  • Supporting Integrated Care System to understand and respond to potential threats.
  • Health protection leadership and stakeholder management.
  • Data collection, analysis and surveillance, epidemiology.
  • Research and development.
  • Public health microbiology laboratory.

In the event of an outbreak or a notifiable disease contact:

East Midlands HPT

UK Health Security Agency
Seaton House, City Link

Telephone: 0344 2254 524 (option 1)

Out of hours advice: 0344 2254 524

Email for personal identifiable information (PII):

NHS/Nottingham and Nottinghamshire ICB

  • Planning and delivering services and supporting health protection within the wider system.
  • Planning and securing health delivery/response.
  • Mobilising NHS resource (e.g. tuberculosis) vaccination service).
  • Providing information and advice to relevant organisations and public.

NHS England

Commission health protection programmes and ensure safe and effective delivery of services.

Responsible for commissioning:

  • vaccination programmes
  • screening programmes including cancer and non-cancer screening
  • child health information services
  • public health services for adults and children in secure and detained settings
  • sexual abuse and assault services

Including performance management and service improvement, patient safety and quality and reducing health inequalities across all programmes.


Partnerships to prepare for and respond to incidents and emergencies

  • Local Resilience Forums (LRFs) are partnerships which include local authorities, the NHS, emergency services and the environments agency.  They also work with other organisations like the highways agency, utility companies, the military and voluntary organisations to planning, test and exercise multiagency plans for incidents and catastrophic events. 
  • Local Health Resilience Partnerships (LHRPs) work on the same footprint as the LRF and bring together local organisations, across the public and private sector, to focus on the health sector preparedness and planning for emergencies.

Share this page?