Health and care learners seeking insight and knowledge into population health can access a free resource, launched today by Health Education England, to improve health outcomes and reduce health inequalities.
The Population Health Digital Toolkit provides links to free resources to help learners better understand population health principles, which can contribute to improved health outcomes across health and social care. These resources have been mapped to 11 core curriculum areas and will enable learners to acquire population health competencies in areas such as population health data, health inequalities, population health approaches and behaviour change. Some examples of practical applications of population health approaches are also included.
Population health is an approach aimed at improving the health of an entire population, including physical and mental health outcomes and wellbeing, while reducing health inequalities within and across a defined population. It aims to reduce the occurrence of ill-health, by addressing wider determinants of health, and supporting collaborative work between communities and partner agencies.
Professor Wendy Reid, Director of Education and Quality, and Medical Director at Health Education England talks in the video clip below of the importance of population health and supports the launch of this toolkit.
“COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact on those already experiencing disadvantage and health inequalities. The pandemic has highlighted the need for the NHS to increase the scale and pace of action to tackle health inequalities and protect those at greatest risk. This free to use population health toolkit will support our learners in understanding how taking a population health approach can help in the recovery from the pandemic and to improve patient access, experiences and the outcomes of those populations in most need.”
The toolkit can be accessed by anyone who has an account for the e-learning for healthcare (elfh) hub. If you do not have an account please register on the elfh hub.