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Wider public health workforce

We aim to ensure health and care 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.

In 2019, PHE published a review of the wider public health workforce, it established that the extended workforce is comprised of individuals across a wide range of sectors, working on projects across organisational and sector boundaries, addressing shared priorities.

Three areas were identified:

  • leading and advocating for health
  • influencing the wider causes of health
  • working with individuals and communities to positively impact health

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.

HEE worked in partnership with Public Health England (PHE) to develop practical resources that aim to support the implementation, evaluation and development of MECC training tools. The resources include the MECC consensus statement, an implementation guide, a training quality marker checklist and an evaluation framework.

Visit: Making Every Contact Count 

To support the public to share and learn on MECC approaches and activities there is a community of practice: MECC Community of Practice

HEE contributed to the development of the PHE strategy for behavioural sciences to support public health. This was published on 3 October 2018. HEE have been embracing this and several local and regional events across the country.

HEE’s North West Population Health and Prevention team have developed a toolkit to ensure population heath and prevention education is consistently delivered in the undergraduate curricula.  

Public Health Quality Assurance Toolkit for the Undergraduate Healthcare Curricula

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 have 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 the Sexual Health Directory

Developed in partnership with the Royal College of Nursing.

The Campaign to End Loneliness points to research which shows that lacking social connections is as damaging to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.  

Underpinned by the Government strategy to tackle loneliness and Jo Cox commission work on loneliness, The Yorkshire and Humber public health network have developed an approach using MECC to tackle loneliness and social isolation.

The Long Term Plan made a commitment to develop Link Workers to be able to refer people to local, non-clinical services to improve their health and wellbeing. The Population Health and Prevention programme are working with the Primary Care Team, Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) and NHS England to support the development of training and education for Link Workers to deliver the Social Prescribing commitments outlined in the Long Term Plan. 

Public Health Glossary

All organisations within the sector need to work together when developing national policies and resources, underpinned by a consistent language, this glossary was developed to help professionals working across the health and care services.

Access the Public Health Glossary