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Digital public health

Digital innovation is changing the way people live, work and learn. Digital public health is the combination of established public health knowledge with new digital approaches and tools.

We have developed a range of training and education content to support all health and care staff to:

  • identify people at risk of poor health
  • support early diagnosis
  • protect health
  • encourage healthy behaviours.

New content is added and refreshed regularly. 

The Population Wellbeing Portal is a central location for free e-learning and other training and education resources in population health, wellbeing and prevention. Resources include e-learning, toolkits, videos, webinars and various publications. Whatever your involvement with the public, these will support you in expanding your knowledge and skills to enable you to influence the health of the population. The portal links with All Our HealthPHE’framework of evidence to guide healthcare professionals in preventing illness, protecting health and promoting wellbeing.

Resources subjects includes: smoking, alcohol, nutrition and obesity, infection management, wellbeing and mental health prevention, relevant national policies and guidance and health improvement.

This e-learning resource has been developed for link workers and includes the core elements and skills required to do the job and deliver social prescribing as part of a Primary Care Network multi-disciplinary team. This was designed to support NHS England and NHS Improvement, with the development of training and education needs for link workers, and is in line with the social prescribing commitments outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan.

This e-learning resource is intended to support leaders and service managers to guide their teams through the process of re-designing services to support prevention. Designed as a five-step process, the programme provides a practical toolkit of useful resources to help individuals and multidisciplinary teams identify their unique contribution and looks at ways to transform services. 

On 3 October 2018, the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 introduced a new legal duty on specified public services to prevent and relieve homelessness. All NHS emergency departments, urgent treatment centres and in-patient wards have a duty to refer people they consider may be homeless or threatened with homelessness to a local housing authority. The workforce in these services need to be equipped with the right skills and knowledge to identify and refer people experiencing or threatened with homelessness. 

This e-learning resource offers two sessions to support the health and care workforce to understand the health impacts of homelessness, identify different forms of homelessness and gain practical steps to making a referral. It also highlights ways your organisation can implement the duty effectively. 

The MECC e-learning programme is designed to support learners in developing an understanding of public health and the factors that impact on a person’s health and wellbeing. It focuses on how asking questions and listening effectively to people is a vital role for us all.

This programme also includes an e-learning session on the Five Ways to Wellbeing, which introduces the concept of wellbeing and describes how the Five Ways to Wellbeing can be implemented in a variety of settings. This was developed in partnership with Healthy Dialogues and is the result of revisions of two earlier e-learning programmes.

This e-learning resource prepares GPs, nurses and other healthcare professionals to champion the benefits of physical activity with their patients and, in doing so, help prevent and/or manage a range of common physical and mental health conditions. The course familiarises the learner with the UK Chief Medical Officer's physical activity guidelines, the underpinning evidence base and how to incorporate it into their daily clinical care.