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Public health

The public health workforce team are a satellite workforce education and development team of Health Education England, working in the North West.


We are committed to the prevention agenda in healthcare and the team represents that investment. Our mission is to develop public health skills and knowledge in the NHS, local authority and wider workforce.

The remit of the team is wide ranging and diverse and involves influencing and advocacy work at regional and national levels as well as providing public health workforce development expertise across the system.

The team is currently leading on a number of initiatives including a public health leadership development programme at all levels of the public health workforce. Owing to the success of the programme this leadership development opportunity is also being rolled out on a Northern footprint – with the development of a bespoke leadership programme for senior public health practitioners in collaboration with North West Employers.

The team work across organisational boundaries and provide communication and engagement support to the North West Directors of Public Health (DsPH) as well as supporting the DsPH that sit on the LETB and North West Local Workforce and Education Groups (LWEGs)

Given the recent transformational changes within public health, development needs of the public health workforce are still emerging and therefore the work of the team takes a flexible and responsive approach to its work.

Key themes of work

  1. Public Health competencies and skills
    • Primary and secondary prevention role of the workforce through initiatives such as Making Every Contact Count ( brief interventions) and underpinning skills such as wider determinants of health.
  2. Career pathways in Public Health
    • Support PHORCAST (public health careers website) and creation of Skills Passport
    • Skills escalators – across 3 domains of Public health including intelligence
    • Bands 1-4 workforce development and linking into Health Education North West work on apprenticeships
  3. Public Health Consultant and Specialist Workforce
    • Transforming the North West public health training scheme with Head of School
  4. Leadership and Succession Planning
    • Talent Management
    • Leadership programmes (Aspiring DsPH, middle managers and practitioners)
    • Mentorship Schemes
  5. Workforce Planning
  6. Supporting creation minimum dataset for Public Health
    • Mapping workforce and future modelling
    • Supporting public health placements within the NHS
    • Supporting the new vision for health and social care
  7. Integrated health and social care
  8. Support to the DsPH/LETBs and relationship with PHE
  9. Communication and Engagement
  10. Public Health and Primary Care

Contact the team

Gill Sadler, Programme Lead
07946 518977

Gill McLauchlan, Programme Manager
07946 519078

Alison Farrar, Programme Manager
07946 519073

Paula Wheeler, Programme Manager
07985 236718

Online HEE Public Health Network

We have created an interactive platform on the eWIN website for the Health Education England Public Health Network. It has great features which will keep you constantly updated with the latest public health news, tools and resources, and upcoming events. You can also access meeting notes and participate in an online forum, which is a great way to share ideas, get inspiration,  information and different perspectives on various topics. Members can also upload interesting documents and resources to share, or start thought-provoking discussions as well as updating the calendar with relevant events.

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