The public health workforce is defined as those for whom their primary function is working in a public health job or role e.g. a public health practitioner, data analyst or specialist and those that can make a significant contribution to public health but it isn’t their primary role e.g. medical staff, nurses, allied health professionals and specifically, colleagues such as yourselves at the frontline of healthcare delivery – GP’s and General Practice Nurses.
More recently, the NHS Long term Plan 2019 & People Plan 2020 /21 set out the NHS commitment to improving population health, reducing health inequalities, including key priorities to ensuring the best start in life, delivering world class care for major health problems and helping people to age well.
As healthcare professionals in primary care you have a key role in population health and preventive healthcare practice – including health protection, e.g. national screening programmes, infectious disease outbreaks) health improvement, (e.g. addressing health behaviours & underlying determinants of health such as poverty, poor education and housing) and healthcare public health, e.g. organised planning and service design using data / evidence focused on achieving best possible health outcomes)
Further profession specific support can also be found on your respective professional bodies websites such as the NMC or Royal College of GP’s
Public health workforce development is a shared responsibility of Public Health England (PHE) and Health Education England
The following information has been collated by the North West Population Health & Prevention Network – a multi professional network for the health, care and voluntary sector working across the North west funded by Health Education England.