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Population health and prevention

We work with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID), the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and other partners, to improve population health and prevent ill health by improving the capability of the future and existing public health workforces and by developing and promoting innovative approaches to public health training and education for the wider health and care workforces.

The major causes of mortality and morbidity in England are preventable diseases caused by behavioural factors such as smoking, poor diet and excessive alcohol consumption. Although life expectancy has increased, people are living with multiple comorbidities and poorer quality of life. Furthermore, the poorer and most deprived groups are disproportionately affected, highlighting inequality and inequity in health. These elements contribute, partly, to the increasing demand and pressure on NHS services, impacting on the quality of care.

The NHS Long Term Plan sets out new commitments to strengthen the role of NHS in the prevention of ill health and reduction of health inequalities. A HEE-funded animation sets out the role and contribution of the NHS workforce in preventive healthcare practice. It builds on the service priorities set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View, that called for a radical upgrade in prevention and population health. 


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If you have any questions about our work, please email england.ltcp@nhs.net.

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Our Population Health and Prevention hub is a central location for all our free training and education resources.

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