The Government White Paper – Saving Lives: Our Healthier Nation – set two major objectives: to improve the health of the population as a whole and to improve the health of the worst off in society.
In support of these objectives the White Paper announced the establishment of a Public Health Observatory in each of the NHS Regions. The eight observatories will be linked together to form a national network of knowledge, information and surveillance in public health. These observatories will be in the tradition of other great observatories around the world:
- Royal Observatory Greenwich
- The Vatican Observatory
- The Mount Wilson Observatory
- Parkes Radio Observatory
These new observatories will also be a resource for enquiry – searching for and compiling information and datasets on the nation’s health and distilling from them the knowledge to guide its improvement.
This site – www.pho.org.uk – is the national umbrella site and will provide a gateway to each of the Regional Observatories and also to national data resources.
The PHO project continues to develop and would welcome communications from potential national partners. Please Contact Dr J A Muir Gray