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Public health

Lewisham Public Health Training Programme, London Borough of Lewisham

In July 2015 the Lewisham Health and Wellbeing Board agreed to take a systematic and strategic approach to improving health and wellbeing, and embed making every contact count (MECC) across the whole system. Members of the board agreed to prioritise the training of their staff to deliver brief evidence-based interventions on healthy lifestyles, in line with NICE guidance.

A public health training programme was developed which sought to provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to promote health and wellbeing in a variety of settings. The programme aimed to train a minimum of 1,000 people from a wide range of agencies, including Lewisham Council, frontline staff (e.g. school nurses, district nurses, health visitors, community development workers, children’s centre staff) and volunteers from a range of voluntary and statutory organisations

Since October 2015, over 40 sessions have been delivered, in the following priority areas:

  • Health checks and cardiovascular disease 
  • Child health
  • Screening
  • Sexual health
  • Substance misuse, including smoking, alcohol and drugs
  • Healthy lifestyles, including physical activity and healthy eating







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