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Public health and wellbeing

There is a lot we can do as individuals to stay healthy and well, but the Council also has a role to play.

Our public health team is made up of professionals, led by the Director of Public Health, whose role it is to improve and protect the health of local residents. The team focuses on preventing ill health and early deaths, as well as protecting people's health in major emergencies, including prevention and control of local coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and providing expert advice and support on outbreak management.

The team works closely with other colleagues in the Council and key partners across the Borough - NHS, businesses, pharmacies, hospitals, schools, the community and voluntary sector and local people to make sure that health is a priority in every area of life, and that everyone has access to the support and services they need to be healthy.

Why is it important to stay healthy and well?

Healthy people tend to have a better quality of life, more independence, are able to make more of their own choices and have better life chances.

A healthy lifestyle can help prevent you from developing long-term conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and high blood pressure. Simple changes like eating healthily, regular exercise, drinking sensibly, being smoke-free, practicing safe sex and managing your stress levels can all help to keep you in good health.

Additional information and key documents

The work of the public health team is driven by the Council Plan and the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy, which is informed by the Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNA).

Read the  Director of Public Health Annual Report 2023-2024 (PDF) [2MB] .


Get health advice and information

Information on where to get health advice including Winter health, vaccinations, sun safety and pharmacies.

Health and Wellbeing Board

Our Health and Wellbeing Board ensures healthy relationships and partnership work with all health providers.

Healthy places and communities

Information on our work to improve air quality in the Borough and the Better Health at Work Award scheme.

Health profiles

The Annual Health Profile by Public Health England provides a brief overview of the demographic and main health outcomes for the population in Stockton-on-Tees.

Health protection

Advice and support on the identification, reporting and management of incidents and outbreaks.


Healthwatch Stockton-on-Tees is your local health and social care champion. If you use GPs and hospitals, dentists, pharmacies, care homes or other support services in your area, they want to hear about your experiences.

Gambling support services - SID

Information about gambling and support services.

Domestic abuse support

Information about understanding domestic abuse, how to stay safe while seeking help, support services that are available and our domestic abuse strategy.

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