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PHAST has a unique blend of public health expertise and pragmatic management grip.  We build teams to suit the needs of our clients and add value by applying the evidence from research into innovative and practical advice.

We offer clients:

  • Independent public health expertise
  • Public health methodologies to evaluate programmes and services.
  • Expert information and intelligence, data sources, tools and techniques
  • Evidence based and ethical decision making
  • Public health training
  • Quality assurance

We deliver high quality projects and training in all three traditional domains of public health;
Health Promotion, Health Protection and Health Services.

We have completed over 400 projects to date. These range from health needs assessments and service reviews for individual organisations through to the national 'Informing Healthier Choices' programme with the Department of Health.

We have undertaken projects for both providers and commisioners of health and social care programmes and services.  Our client list includes:

  • European Union
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Work and Pensions
  • Public Health England
  • NHS England
  • Regional Offices
  • Greater London Authority
  • Local authorites across London
  • Shire County Councils
  • CCGs across England
  • Charities such as St Mungoes, Macmillan, Diabetes UK
  • A number of International projects

We always welcome new partner opportunities to collaborate and deliver projects where client requirements might necessitate or benefit from such a partnership.  We currently have partnership ventures with public and private universities, consultancies and charities.

Latest Projects

In early 2009 PHAST was asked to conduct a Serious Untoward Incident report into the self-prescription of controlled drugs by a GP. The investigation team developed a chronology of events and collated and reviewed the evidence using root cause analysis. They also identified and made recommendations...Read more
Review of the joint health promotion organisation and activities in a London Local Authority and PCT. Looking at current and future priorities, fitness of the current structure and making sure the most cost effective ways of working are implemented.Read more
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Objective To undertake a systematic review of the literature relating to medical care provision in previous Olympic and Paralympic Games and other major sporting events. Background The London 2012 Games will be held between 27 July and 12 August (Olympic Games) and 29 August and 9...Read more
Drugs and Alcohol Needs Assessment PHAST was commissioned by a PCT in the South-east of England to undertake a comprehensive drugs and alcohol needs assessment of the whole population that will facilitate the PCT in taking decisions about delivery of service. The project considered the findings of...Read more
Adult Obesity Strategy In 2007 PHAST was commissioned by a London PCT to develop a strategy to support the reduction of obesity in the prescribed area, based on the latest evidence-base research and identified 'good-practice.' The project team looked at the current policy context, the recommended...Read more
Counselling Waiting List Initiative PHAST worked in collaboration with a London PCT to identify the extent of the counselling waiting list and put in place arrangements to clear the waiting list effectively. The objectives set by the PCT were to define the counselling waiting lists; make...Read more
Health Care Needs Profile A prison service in the midlands commissioned PHAST to undertake a health care needs profile to support the tendering of prison health services for the institution. The needs assessment was to identify the main health needs of the population of the prison and utilise a...Read more
Health Needs Assessment This work was commissioned from PHAST by a specialised Stroke network as a pragmatic needs assessment, to help the Board develop the commissioning of the most effective services for the people experiencing a stroke in London, and to prevent stroke in those at increased risk...Read more


PHAST manage Health Knowledge, used by health professionals globally.


The Public Health Action Support Team (PHAST) is a Community Interest Company that can call on over 100 qualified, experienced public health professionals (Associates).

Our Associates provide high quality, innovative, rapid results in consultancy, training, interim staff, and deliver projects related to public health, commissioning, administration and delivery.

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