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Public/population health in the North West

Making Every Contact Count (MECC)

The public health workforce team function at Health Education England working across the North West sits within the Centre for Professional Workforce Development.  This is a collection of professional networks for the pharmacy, psychological professions, allied health professions and healthcare scientists and now public health workforce development of the health and social care workforce, the North West Population Health and Prevention Network (NWPHPN). It is a multi-professional public health network funded by Health Education England working across the North West. The network supports and develops the public health contribution and role of the healthcare, social care and voluntary sector workforce (wider public health workforce).


The network contributes to the vision set out in HEE Framework 15 and NHS Five Year Forward View 2014 - specifically the strategic intentions associated with reduced health inequalities and improved population health outcomes. Key characteristics of our future health care workforce includes preventing ill health and assisting people to manage their own health care as appropriate.  NWPHPN will enable this role, helping to create healthy cultures in NHS organisations – starting with the workforce - (The Kings Fund).

The network is specifically aimed at supporting the health and wellbeing role of a wide range of professions across the medical, non-medical and social care workforce across a range of settings such as local authorities, primary and secondary care, community care and voluntary sector.

Work to date has included developing network membership and governance arrangements and forming strategic partnerships across a range of settings including schools, local authorities and healthcare.

An e-learning programme has been developed by HEE, which has been mapped to level one of the behaviour change competence framework.  The programme is accessible to all and can be viewed here

The programme has been widely used to support health professionals and non-health professionals alike, to develop their individual role and contribution to providing “health chats” as part of everyday contacts with the public.

The module will be moving to the e-Learning for Health Care platform (eLfH).

PH Workforce Development

In HEE there has been a development of a Quality Assurance (QA) toolkit to benchmark undergraduate healthcare curricula for PH education content. This has been circulated via Director of Education Quality leads for wider implementation. 

We have delivered bespoke training for the AHP workforce to develop their public health and contribution

Developed a repository of education opportunities via development of a directory outlining the Public Health Training and Education for the Health Care, Social Care and Voluntary Sector Workforce in the North West. 

Key Contacts

Alison Farrar - Public Health Workforce Manager Alison.Farrar@srft.nhs.uk

Paula Wheeler paula.wheeler@lancashirecare.nhs.uk
Richard Jarvis - Head of the School of Public Health richard.jarvis@phe.gov.uk

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