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Public health: CPD

Use this page to find information on the Continuing Professional Development resources available to nursing staff working in public health.

Core public health knowledge and skills for all nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff:

  • understanding local health needs and the desired public health outcomes for their population based on local joint needs assessments
  • being able to work with others to meet their local communities’ needs
  • understanding psycho-social determinants of health; promoting health and supporting behaviour change using motivational interviewing skills
  • promoting every encounter between nursing staff and clients as a public health encounter.

CPD resources

Public Health Continuing Professional Development resources

Public health knowledge and skills development

The Public Health Skills and Career Framework describes public health competences and the underpinning knowledge against levels of career development.

The ‘Healthy Lives, Healthy People: public health workforce strategy’ (2013) identified the need to refine the Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework (PHSKF), and to develop a new ‘skills passport’ to support the public health workforce in career development and planning. The Public Health England report describes the work to date which has been across the UK.

Resources from the RCN

The public health subpages give further information on specific courses related to areas of public health work

Related RCN publications

Other useful resources:

Department of Health and Public Health England resources for public health nursing across the life course:

Developing the public health contribution of nurses and midwives: tools and models

The Public Health nursing model: A Framework for Personalised Care and Population Health for Nurses, Midwives, Health Visitors and Allied Health Professionals: Caring for populations across the life course.

Department of Health and the Institute of Health Visiting:

Academy of Social Sciences Making the case for the social sciences. No. 9 Mental Wellbeing. Considers the impact of mental health on growth and development.