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Population health and prevention

Public health prevention and promotion is a priority for the NHS.  Developing the public health workforce and raising awareness of public health among the wider NHS and social care staff will help to transform public health and improve the health of the nation.

In our Mandate from Government we were asked to work with PHE in commissioning an appropriate number of public health specialists to meet demand and improve the public health capability of all professional healthcare staff undertaking training.

To help embed public health capacity across the wider NHS, public health and social care system, we have established a national Making Every Contact Count Advisory Group and a Public Health Network across HEE and the wider system. HEE is a member of the People in UK Public Health Group and, as well as contributing to its work, we help to ensure this work is co-ordinated to promote good practice and effective working across organisations in the public health system.

Through commissioning education and training, HEE can help to ensure that healthcare staff and the wider workforce have the skills needed for conversations with the public about their health and wellbeing at the point of delivering care and any other opportunities. 

The below document  ('HEE's role in population health and prevention') sets out what we can offer to the health and care system to deliver the population health and prevention agenda. It contains an outline of the workforce groups that contribute to the prevention, health and wellbeing agenda, a summary of some of the work we have already undertaken in this area and sets out some of our plans for the coming year.

Public health education knowledge and skills toolkit

We have developed a toolkit to allow healthcare education programmes leads to consider, identify and map how their programmes evidence public health education knowledge and skills acquisition. The purpose of the toolkit is to quality assure the undergraduate education curricula in the Northwest for public health content. The indicators were drawn from  the Framework for Personalised Care and Population Health for Nurses, Midwives, Health Visitors and Allied Health Professionals which has since been updated to the All Our Health document June 2016. The toolkit  draws on  are six key areas of population health activity - the first four are drawn from the four public health domains outlined in the in the public health outcomes framework of health improvement, health protection, wider determinants of health and healthcare public health. It includes a further two from the Compassion in Practice framework.

Making every contact count

We are working with Public Health England and other stakeholders to support best practice in commissioning and delivering training around Making Every Contact Count (MECC). Our work in this area includes:

  • working with our local teams to embed MECC across the system;
  • publishing a number of practical resources to support people and organisations when considering or reviewing MECC activity
  • updating the Making Every Contact Count website
  • undertaking scoping work around public mental health promotion and prevention
  • and considering how to raise awareness of health literacy issues.

More information, including additional materials, can be found on our MECC page.

Working locally

You can read about our local work on population health and prevention through the links below:

East Midlands

East of England

Kent, Surrey and Sussex

North Central East London

North West London

North East

North West

South London

South West

Thames Valley


West Midlands

Yorkshire and Humber

Other work

Read about our work on antimicrobial resistance and sepsis awareness.

If you have any questions about other work, please contact PHP@hee.nhs.uk.

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Sepsis is a common and potentially life-threatening condition triggered by an infection which causes the body’s immune system to go into overdrive, and if it not treated quickly, it can lead to multiple organ failure and death.

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Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is an approach to healthcare that encourages all those who have contact with the public to talk about their health and wellbeing.

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Health literacy

We are working with other national and local partners to raise awareness of health literacy.

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