Public Health Forum

The public health forum is one of the many RCN nursing communities. It is for anyone whose role includes supporting the improvement of the public’s health. RCN members cross nearly every area of nursing practice and specialist areas from those working in community nursing teams such as district nurses, health visitors and school nurses to occupational health nurses and those with a more specialist roles working in, for example; sexual health, health protection, tuberculosis treatment and prevention, immunisation and travel health.

The forum is open for all RCN members to join. To sign up, see: MyRCN.  

The public health forum steering committee works to coordinate and promote public health initiatives across the RCN. For more information, see: Meet the team. The committee is supported by the Public Health Nursing Adviser who works within the nursing team as part of the wider RCN nursing department. See: Nursing Department nurse advisers

There is a dedicated section of the website under the nursing practice issues area related to public health nursing which has a wide range of information and resources: See: Public health.


Strategy Planning

Each year the Public Health Forum steering committee meets to review work undertaken in the last year and plan work for the next 12 - 18 months.  The notes of the last strategy meeting highlight some of the successes over the year and also the priorities for the next year.  The forum works with a number of other RCN forums, professional groups and public health organisations to ensure that public health nurses are represented at all levels alongside promoting the specialism of public health.

Public Health Strategy Day - Notes - 8 June 2015 PDF (191KB)


Public Health nursing forum blogs

Helen Donovan, RCN Public Health Adviser, is currently undertaking a piece of work with PHORCaST (Public Health Online Resource for Careers Skills and Training) which aims to demonstrate the varied nature of public health nursing.  Ideally we would like to share with Phorcast nursing stories that have an emphasis on public health practice and showcase these on their website. 

We would be pleased to receive your story on the career profile template (Word 147KB) provided by Phorcast which can be returned via email to karen.piddington@rcn.org.uk


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