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Educating and training the workforce

Training and educational resources

Supporting the NHS to prevent ill health and reduce health inequalities through education and training of the health and care workforces.

MECC is an approach to behaviour change that encourages health and social care professionals engage in conversations that support individuals in making positive changes towards better health and wellbeing.

The MECC website provides all those with an interest or role in population health and prevention with a library of national and local resources and MECC training tools, that can be used to support the development, implementation and evaluation of MECC approaches across local communities. The resources include sample frameworks, case studies healthy lifestyle advice and signposting to useful linked resources including MECC eLearning. The website also provides information on how to join the MECC Community of Practice and local and national contacts for this area of work.

Ensuring that individuals and communities can access, understand, appraise and use information and services to make decisions about health is key to health literacy. Improving people’s health literacy will enhance their ability to self-manage their health.

In partnership with PHE, NHS England and Community Health and Learning Foundation, we have developed a curated collection of health literacy tools for practitioners looking for resources and information.

Access the Health Literacy Toolkit

Our North West Population Health and Prevention team has developed a toolkit to ensure population health and prevention education is consistently delivered in the undergraduate curricula.  

Public Health Quality Assurance Toolkit for the Undergraduate Healthcare Curricula

As outlined in the Five Year Forward View, the future of the next generation, the sustainability of NHS and our economic prosperity depends on a radical upgrade in prevention and public health.

All organisations within the health and care sector need to work together when developing national policies and resources, underpinned by a consistent language.

The Public Health Glossary was developed to help inform investment in training and workforce development in prevention and population health.

Access the Public Health Glossary

Sexual and reproductive health is a key component of our health and wellbeing, affecting men, women and transgender people throughout their lives. Health Education England has a role in commissioning education and training for public health specialists and other public health staff. Our work in this area includes: 
 - working with partners to improve education and training on sexual and reproductive health and HIV
 - contribute to the sustainability of the workforce

To improve clarity around the division and responsibility for the education and training of the workforce in this service, HEE has undertaken scoping work to understand current size of the workforce, the needs of the population and key challenges.

The final report highlighted:
 - a fragmentation in commissioning and provision of services
 - a broad range of professionals in practice and undefined education and training pathway

Access our work on sexual health, reproductive health and HIV workforce

The following tools were developed in partnership with the Royal College of Nursing. 

Access the Sexual Health Directory

Access the Royal College of Nursing page on Sexual and reproductive health: education, training and career progression in nursing and midwifery

Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) curriculum

Jointly produced by British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH), The Faculty of Sexual Health and Reproduction (FSRH) and the National HIV Nursing Association (NHIVNA), and endorsed by Health Education England.

The curriculum provides clear, comprehensive guidance on the knowledge, skills and attributes needed for practitioners working within integrated sexual health and HIV services. It also outlines specifically what nurses will need to do to be effective in their roles.

It will help practitioners, managers, employers, Higher Education Institutions and commissioners, to better understand the role of nurses working in specialist integrated sexual health services.

You can find out more about the curriculum and download it by visiting the BASHH or FSRH pages below:

Advanced Level Curriculum for Nurses - FSRH website

Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) for Nurses - BASHH website


 - We contributed to the development of PHE’s strategy for behavioural sciences to support public health, published in October 2018. We have been embracing this and have hosted several local and regional events across the country.

 - *COMING SOON* HEE are launching a Behaviour Change Development Framework (BCDF) to enable and empower individuals and leaders to review and develop behaviour change skills. Access the Behaviours Change Development Toolkit.