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Wessex School of Public Health

The Wessex School of Public Health works to develop public health capacity and capabilities at all levels.

We aim to:

  • Provide strategic leadership on training, education, planning and development of the public health workforces across Wessex
  • Provide quality education and development programmes to the public health workforces in Wessex
  • Provide expert health advice and support to workforce development
  • Build public health capacity and capability
  • Be an example of good practice nationally.

Public Health Specialist Development

The Wessex School of Public Health is involved in the development of the PH Specialist Workforce which includes:

  • The delivery of the PH Specialty Training Programme
  • The development of the existing PH Specialist Workforce through the Wessex CPD Programme
  • The development and facilitation of Leadership Development of the PH Specialist workforce.

Public Health Practitioner Workforce

The Wessex School of Public Health leads the development and delivery of the PH practitioner workforce which includes:

  • The development and delivery of the PH Practitioner Development Programme
  • The delivery of the PH Academic Bursary
  • The development of Advanced Practice in public health.

Public Health Wider Workforce Development

The Wessex School of Public Health leads on the public health development of the wider workforce recognising the role and contribution of wider workforces in delivering prevention and population health this includes:

  • The development and delivery of the Wessex MECC programme
  • The development of the health trainer workforce in Wessex
  • The development of public health content into wider health and care curricula for pre-registered workforces
  • The PH Community Fellowship programme which supports the development of PH skills with FY2 doctors.

The Wessex School of Public Health is also supported by the Public Health Development Leads (PHDLs) network who are embedded into local public health teams.
They add value as they are centrally placed to highlight and influence workforce development considerations in developing strategy and PH commissioning processes. PHDLs also contribute to developing public health talent and leadership and make a significant contribution to enhancing PH standards, competency, capability and capacity within localities.

Find out more about public health workforce activity in Wessex

Read more about The School of Public health on our PGMDE webpage

Making Every Contact Count

Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is an approach to behaviour change that uses the millions of day-to-day interactions that organisations and individuals have with other people to support them in making positive changes to their physical and mental health and wellbeing. It supports the opportunistic delivery of consistent and concise healthy lifestyle information and enables individuals to engage in conversations about their health at scale across organisations and populations.

Health Education England’s Wessex, Kent, Surrey and Sussex and Thames Valley local offices have developed an e-Learning programme as MECC is something everyone who has contact with the public can take part in. The e-Learning provides the underpinning knowledge to enable the delivery of a consistent approach to support people to improve their health and wellbeing through making positive changes to their lifestyles. After completing the e-learning, you can access local face-to-face skills development to further develop your skills to have conversations about health and well-being.


Mr Em Rahman - Head of Public Health Workforce Development Programmes

Dr Julie Parkes – Head of School of Public Health & Training Programme Director for Public Health






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