The Academy of Public Health for London and the South East
Building the capability of all health improving organisations.
What is the Academy of Public Health?
- A collaborative between a wide range of stakeholders across London and the South East
- A commissioning mechanism to provide learning and development opportunities
- A platform for sharing ideas, tools and resources
What is the purpose?
The Academy of Public Health is an innovative initiative with a central mission to support a transformation in the capacity and capability of the public health system and a wider workforce that will enable all in our communities to lead healthier lives.
What will the academy deliver?
- A joined up system approach on priorities transcending organisational boundaries
- A clear professional development offer
- Improved workforce planning and development
- A more cost effective commissioning of workforce programmes
Who can be part of the Academy of Public Health?
Anyone (organisations and individuals) with a key role supporting people and communities living and working in London and the South East to stay healthy.
What are the priorities?
The Academy of Public Health’s priorities are being informed by the needs of local government, as well as the delivery of the radical upgrade in prevention and public health set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View. The priorities are now being taken forward through the eight sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) for London and the South East.
Our focus will be on:
- Making public health everybody’s business
- Developing strategic leadership for public health
- Equipping the workforce with public health skills fit for the 21st century
- Supporting recruitment, retention and progression in public health
For practical examples, please see priorities for delivery on pages five to seven in the business case (available in the related documents section at the bottom of this page).
The public health speciality training programme for London and the South East that is training many of the next generation of senior public health professionals will be embedded within the academy. The academy will be steered by a collaborative partnership group that will have local government, NHS, PHE and HEE membership
Dr Judy Curson
Head of Public Health Education and Development (London and the South East)
Making Every Contact Count
HEE’s Making Every Contact Count (MECC) website has been newly updated to provide all those with an interest or role in population health and prevention with a library of national and local resources that can be used to support the development, implementation and evaluation of MECC programmes across local communities. The resources available include sample frameworks, case studies, signposting to useful e-learning sessions and healthy lifestyle resources, amongst others. You can also find details of the MECC Community of Practice and local and national contacts for this area of work.
For more details or to join our mailing list to receive bulletins every two months please contact PublicHealthAcademy@ncel.hee.nhs.uk.
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