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The transfer of public health from the NHS to local authorities will present opportunities and challenges for nurses, writes Sally Gillen.
From April next year public health commissioning responsibilities will be transferred from the NHS to local authorities, and the changeover will herald radical changes in public health services.
Under plans announced in January, councils in England will be given a ring-fenced share of £5.2 billion to improve public health, with success judged against an outcomes framework of 66 health measures. These include reducing the number of people who smoke and the number of people who die from heart disease.