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Public health: Professional Resources

Use this page to find more information on the knowledge and skills resources that are available for nursing staff working in public health.

Key resources

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

Healthy Lives, Healthy People: public health workforce strategy (2013) identifies 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. This Public Health England report describes the work to date which has been across the UK.

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 (2016) All our health. This is a call to action to healthcare professionals working with patients and the population to prevent illness, protect health and promote wellbeing. The call to action covers: Childhood obesity and Adult obesity. See also: Five nations Chief Nurses joint statement on the key challenge of obesity.

Making Every Contact Count (MECC): practical resources from Public Health England.

MECC CoP - This new resource from Health Education England, is an online Community of Practice (CoP) to help local services embed Making Every Contact Count into their service and enable people to learn from others. Contact HEE.MECC@nhs.net to register.

One You is a new campaign from Public Health England to support adults to make simple changes for a longer and happier life. Find more information, tools and resources on the PHE website.

Better Mental Health For All: a public health approach to mental health improvement. This report from the Faculty of Public Health makes the case for improving mental health for everyone and preventing mental health problems.

Public Health Wales (2016) Making a difference: Investing in sustainable health and well-being for the people of Wales. This report highlights 10 key areas for action that Wales should prioritise to enable significant improvements in its health and wellbeing.

Resources from the RCN

RCN Parliamentary briefing: Health Committee Public Health Inquiry (March 2016)

This Parliamentary briefing provides written evidence from the RCN to the Health Select Committee inquiry into public health following implementation of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 reforms. See: Health Committee Public Health Inquiry.

Further resources

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.

The BHF alliance free membership scheme provides learning and development opportunities for healthcare professionals working with people affected by, or at risk of, cardiovascular disease.