A strategy to develop the capacity, impact and profile of allied health professionals in public health 2015-2018

This joint strategy was produced by the Allied Health Professions Federation (AHPF) with the support of Public Health England (PHE). It sets out our vision for the role of allied health professionals (AHPs) in public health. It details how we intend to implement that strategy, the goals we have set out to achieve and how we will measure our success.
It is intended to help AHPs, as well as their professional bodies and partner organisations, to further develop their leadership in public health, share best practice with colleagues and partners and ultimately embed preventative healthcare across all their work.

Quote from Ann Green, Chair, Allied Health Professions Federation:

After close collaborative working between PHE and AHPF we are delighted to see this strategy launched. It will provide a blue print and roadmap to harness the huge potential within the AHP workforce to further develop their public health role. As the third largest group of clinical professionals in health and social care, we can make a substantial difference to the health of the public and seek to be leaders in preventative healthcare.

The following reports document key developments in the move for AHPs to be recognised as an integral part of the public health workforce.

A strategy to develop the capacity, impact and profile of allied health professionals in public health 2015-2018

This document was published in December 2015; it lays out the strategic direction for AHPs as they work to become an integral part of the public health workforce.  It sets out five key goals and outlines how these goals will be achieved.  You can read Linda Hindle's blog post about the strategy here.

Understanding the Wider Public Health Workforce in England

This report was published in July 2015 by the Centre for Workforce Intelligence and Royal Society for Public Health.  This report defines the wider public health workforce and gives an estimate of the size of this group.  It also suggests action for maximising the contribution of the wider workforce to public health issues in England.  This report is discussed in Linda Hindle's blog post here.

 Rethinking the Public Health Workforce

This report was published in 2015 by the Royal Society for Public Health.  It builds on "Understanding the Wider Public Health Workforce in England" and begins  to unpick who this wider workforce actually consists of and how they can be engaged.  The potential wider public health workforce is divided into Active, Interested and Unengaged categories.  Examples of good practice from the wider workforce are given; this includes examples from fire and rescue services, allied health professionals, housing, pharmacy and local authorities.

Healthy Conversations and the Allied Health Professionals   

This report was published in 2015 by Public Health England and the Royal Society for Public Health.  It focuses on the opportunities for healthy conversations and how we can use every opportunity and interaction with patients and carers to promote healthy lifestyle choices and signpost to relevant healthcare services.  Linda Hindle has discussed this report here in a recent blog post.

The role of allied health professionals in public health – examples of interventions delivered by allied health professionals that improve the publics’ health

This research was commissioned by Public health England and was carried out by Sheffield Hallam University.  It comprises a rapid review of literature and a consensus method involving AHP experts in public health.  The final report identifies key areas of promising AHP activity in public health.  This report is discussed in Linda Hindle's blog post here.

Embracing the Challenge Public Health in Allied Health Professional Pre-registration Education

This report was published in October 2015 by the Council of Deans of Health and Public Health England.  It reports on a scoping study that investigated how public health is being taught in pre-registration AHP education.  It identified a general appetite for developing work in this area and highlighted some areas of good practice.  You can read a blog post about this report here.

Making Every Contact Count (MECC) practical resources

These practical resources were launched in January 2016; they aim to support the local implementation of MECC programmes and to support the development of MECC training.  They also give a useful definition of what MECC is and isn't.

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