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Quality Assuring Health & Wellbeing Content in Healthcare Education Curricula – an Innovative Approach

30 August 2016


The Five Year Forward View calls for a radical upgrade in prevention and public health.  There is a challenge though in understanding how and what healthcare learners are currently taught with regards to public health knowledge and skills.

Therefore Health Education England (working across the North West) has developed a toolkit to allow programme leads for healthcare education programmes to consider, identify and map how their programmes evidence public health education knowledge and skills acquisition.

The toolkit is a structured self-assessment benchmark, drawing upon key indicators from the Public Health England (PHE) Framework for Personalised Care and Population Health for Nurses, Midwives, Health Visitors and AHP's (PHE 2014) and seven key public health domains that collectively describe a broad good  practice approach to foundation level public health education.

Why assess public health content in healthcare education curricula?

  • To provide a systematic and common methodology for quality assuring undergraduate healthcare curricula to ensure a fit for purpose workforce that supports the delivery of the NHS 5 Year Forward View.
  • HEE Public Health action plan, Public Health Workforce Strategy and HEE Mandate to provide evidence of Higher Education Institution (HEI) plans to add and or improve public health content of the undergraduate health professions curricula.
  • To ensure increased exposure to practice learning environments where public health outcomes can be met.
  • To provide an evidence base to inform joint working towards improving health and reducing health inequalities through development of a common core approach to public health education  for the undergraduate health and social care professional workforce

Does it Work?

The toolkit has been developed and piloted successfully in the North West. To view a case study outlining further information about the toolkit click here

Sharing Resources

The toolkit is freely and widely available to all HEE Local Workforce Advisory Board areas and HEI providers and can be used as part of routine quality improvement processes between HEI’s and Placement Providers. The resource can be adapted to suit local needs and requirements.

To read more about the toolkit and implementation in the North West click here

If you would like to discuss further please contact phpn.northwest@srft.nhs.uk

For more information go to our qualityassurance toolkit.


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