Public health training and development
We have been developing a range of training actvities in public health.
Making Every Contact Count (MECC)
Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is about encouraging and helping people to make healthier choices to achieve positive long-term behaviour change. A working group encompassing all south west local authorities, Health Educations England (HEE) and Public Health England is developing a programme of work. The group are using the train the trainer model from Wessex; and have also contributed to, and will be using the new e-learning package from Wessex. The initial focus of the south west MECC programme is older people and will be extended to people aged 40 plus. The training will be carried out by individual local authorities and will link across Sustainability and Transformation Plan areas.
Public health workforce development
The HEE Public Health group was established in 2014 with representation from Public Health England, NHS England Screening and Immunisation Team, Local Government Association (LGA), HEE and Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) as key stakeholders. The stakeholders have formed a South West Public Health Workforce Development Group.
Public health professional and practitioner registration
A learning set has been established to support a range of senior public health specialists from different fields including health improvement, health protection, public health intelligence and academia. There will be a national registration of public health specialists, who will be required to submit a portfolio to the UK Public Health Register. Twenty public health professionals in the south west are working towards registration in the next 12 months.
Access to UK Public Health Register practitioner registration support was extended across the whole of the south west working with Public Health England during 2015.
Public health intelligence analyst training
The aim of this training is to further develop public health intelligence analysts working in a range of areas, including local authorities, Public Health England and NHS England. There is also an 18-month training programme for two trainees in the Knowledge and Information Team.