Public health: Professional Resources

Key resources

Resources from the RCN

Resources from Public Health England

Health inequalities: place-based approaches to reduce inequalities (2019) Guidance which aims to support local initiatives working across organisations and systems within communities to address health inequalities and help to make sure everyone can benefit and improve their quality of like and health.

All Our Health: personalised care and population health (2018). This is a constantly evolving resource for all healthcare professionals to help them to use their knowledge, skills and relationships, working with patients and the population to prevent illness, protect health and promote wellbeing. 

The resource includes tools and resources to support in the areas of improving the wider determinants of health, health improvement, supporting health, wellbeing and independence, healthcare public health, life course and place-based services of care.

See: Five nations Chief Nurses joint statement. It 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.

All Our Health replaces the Framework for Personalised Care and Population Health for Nurses, Midwives, Health Visitors and Allied Health Professionals (2014). 

HEE Population Wellbeing Portal. This is a free e-learning resource, providing training and education in population health, wellbeing and prevention.

Health Matters: Combating high blood pressure. This professional resource outlines how providers and commissioners can reduce the population average blood pressure through improved prevention, detection and management.

Health Matters: public health issues (2016). Facts, resources and information on major public health challenges for public health professionals and local authorities.

Healthy Lives, Healthy People: public health workforce strategy (2014) 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 report describes the work to date which has been across the UK.

Improving people’s health: applying behavioural and social sciences (2018). This resource provides a framework and tools to helps practitioners help people improve their health and adopt healthier behaviours. The tools provide an evidence to support better understanding of how people behave within their wider environment and the context in which they live.

Making Every Contact Count (MECC) (2016) practical resources from Public Health England

MECC Community of Practice - 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 to register.

MECC e-learning programme - This resource, comprising four e-learning sessions, is intended for anyone who has contact with people to “Make Every Contact Count” and develop public health knowledge. Based on feedback from learners, each of the four sessions have been reviewed and now benefit from revised and additional content with a focus on mental health.

Menu of Preventative Interventions (MoI) (2016). This resource outlines evidence-based, preventative public health interventions to support local planning.

Migrant health guide (2017). This guide provides information on all aspects of migrant health, including details on legal rights to access healthcare; guidance on explaining the NHS; information on conditions and diseases which may be more prevalent amongst migrant groups. A blog from Viv Bennett discusses this resource.

Moving Medicine. This resource from Public Health England and the Faculty of Sport & Exercise Medicine has been designed to help all health care professional prescribe movement and improve people’s physical activity. The resource includes 10 toolkits, each tailored for specific conditions: Cancer, COPD, Dementia, Depression, Falls and Frailty, Inflammatory Rheumatic Disease, Ischaemic Heart Disease, Musculoskeletal pain, Disease prevention and Type 2 Diabetes. It includes support on how to include advice as a short brief conversations and longer more in depth consultations.

One You (2016) 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.

Public health contribution of nurses and midwives: guidance (2016). Tools and models to support the development of the public health contribution of nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.

Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework (PHSKF) (2016) describes public health competences and the underpinning knowledge against levels of career development.

Other resources

ADPH Policy Positions (2018). Association of Directors of Public Health UK. These statements bring together the views and recommendations of ADPH members on the following eight public health topics: Outdoor Air Quality, Housing, Alcohol, Tobacco, Drugs, Obesity, Sexual Health and Mental Health.

Better Mental Health For All: a public health approach to mental health improvement (2016). This report from the Faculty of Public Health makes the case for improving mental health for everyone and preventing mental health problems.

Everyday intereactions. Measuring the public health impact of healthcare professionals (2017). This report focusses on the public health impact of four of the key healthcare professions within the wider workforce: nurses and midwives, dentists, allied health professionals and pharmacists.

Health Education England (2017) Health literacy toolkit. Health Education England, in partnership with Public Health England, NHS England and the Community Health and Learning Foundation, have launched a practical resources toolkit to help health staff tackle the challenges caused by low levels of health literacy and improve health outcomes.

King's Fund (2018) A vision for population health: Towards a healthier future. This report outlines the King’s Fund’s vision for population health, why such a vision is needed and the steps required to achieve it.

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

Person-Centred Approaches Core Skills Education and Training Framework (2017). Skills for Health, Health Education England and Skills for Care have announced a new Framework to support person-centred approaches for the health and social care workforce.

Royal College of General Practitioners. LGBT Health Hub. In July 2017, the Government Equalities Office launched a national survey of LGBT people which was open to anyone who identified as having a minority sexual orientation, gender identity or had variations in sex characteristics. It asked questions about people’s experiences of living in the UK and in accessing public services and received more than 108,000 responses, an unprecedented number.  

Stepping up to public health (2017). This report from the Royal College of Midwives includes information for midwives and women on the important public health contribution during pregnancy and the first weeks of life.

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

Everyone is a public health practitioner and can impact on the public’s health

Page last updated - 04/06/2021