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Public Health

Making Every Contact Count (MECC)

HEE's north west London local team has been working with a number of local stakeholders to promote MECC including:

 higher education institutions to ensure that public health is reflected within curricula and MECC training is incorporated into syllabuses. This includes the development of coaching for health training courses for undergraduate medical students and motivational interviewing training for allied health professionals.

Ealing clinical commissioning group (CCG) and supporting a piloted training course of MECC for community-based health professionals who work across Ealing.

dental public health consultants to engage general dental practices and their health promotion activity.

Brent council to train 1000 staff members in MECC and develop tools to support efficient engagement with service users.

Public Health Workforce Development

We have recently undertaken a survey with DPHs across all local authorities in London to map the number of consultants, specialists and practitioners across the public health system and to identify their key functions and their future workforce development priorities.

We have been working with the National School of Occupational Health to get involved in initiatives to improve workplace wellbeing.  

Other workforce development areas include:

General dental practices – working with dental public health consultants 

Community pharmacy health champions – working with the local pharmaceutical committee (LPC) to support public health initiatives in pharmacy including community pharmacy and NHS health checks.

Working towards the London and South East Public Health Academy

Supporting Childhood Obesity initiatives such as the development of practice nurses and healthcare assistants (HCAs) to extend roles and provide a childhood obesity service in general practice.

Public health mental health

Mental Health and Children

We are working with Connecting Care 4 Children, school nurse commissioners, PH specialist registrars and named schools to set up learning for emotional intelligence and resilience in children.

Working alongside Like Minded, we are supporting the workplace wellbeing champions training scheme and training for parents and staff in the prevention of conduct disorders. We are also supporting the Like Minded social isolation and loneliness project in the area.

We are supporting the Project Search Programme. This provides a supported internship for young people with learning disabilities at trusts to provide a range of learning experiences and opportunities supported by mentors from Bands 1 to 4.

Health Literacy

An Improving Health Literacy programme has been developed which will support tailored health literacy to priority patient groups; which will also include a patient empowerment programme targeted at receptionists, HCAs, practice nurses, practice managers and GPs.

Other Projects

We are directly funding several public health related projects through continued professional development funds.  These include: 

The development of health and social care support worker volunteers through an Age UK and Harness care cooperative, a coaching for health programme at Hillingdon hospital and training around mental health in physical diseases for mental healthcare staff at West London Mental Health Trust.

A project to explore the relationships between ethnicity, gender, socio-economic background and attainment in pre-registration physiotherapy programmes in London and the South East of England through Brunel University.

We are also directly engaged in a range of projects through the Shaping a Healthier Future programme around the integration of primary, secondary and social care.

We have also supported CCGs to develop programmes with a public health emphasis such as a wellness programme which will establish local public awareness events for health promotion.

We are aligned with the local sustainability and transformation plan (STP) and its prevention plan through the ongoing workforce development and educational interventions through working with local stakeholders.

In house, we have been promoting health and wellbeing by encouraging staff to use the stairs at Stewart House through the use of art and healthy information. Several members of HEE's local team in north west London are also active members of the London and South East Health and Wellbeing Group leading on areas of the Healthy Workplace Charter including physical activity and healthy eating.

Key Contacts

Hassan Al-Omari – Programme Manager -  hassan.al-omari@hee.nhs.uk
Judy Curson - Head of the School of Public Health - judy.curson@phe.gov.uk