This paper explores the reasons why particular online CoP for alcohol harm reduction hosted by the UK Health Forum failed to generate sufficient interest from the group of public health professionals at which it was aimed | Implementation Science
Improving mechanisms for knowledge translation (KT) and connecting decision-makers to each other and the information and evidence they consider relevant to their work remains a priority for public health. Virtual communities of practices (CoPs) potentially offer an affordable and flexible means of encouraging connection and sharing of evidence, information and learning among the public health community in ways that transgress traditional geographical, professional, institutional and time boundaries. The suitability of online CoPs in public health, however, has rarely been tested.
Quantitative and qualitative data confirm that the target audience had an interest in the kind of information and evidence the CoP was set up to share and generate discussion about, but also that participants considered themselves to already have relatively good access to the information and evidence they needed to inform their work. Qualitative data revealed that the main barriers to using the CoP were a proliferation of information sources meaning that participants preferred to utilise trusted sources that were already established within their daily routines and a lack of time to engage with new online tools that required any significant commitment.
The revised framework aims to reflect the current public health landscape, ensuring the public health workforce continues to develop the skills and competencies needed both now and in future. This framework is accompanied by a user guide explaining how it can be used by individuals, employers and educational providers working in public health.
These reports are regularly published by Skills for Care using data from the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) and share the latest data and information about our sector.
Each report gives an overview of the adult social care workforce by region and local authority area in easy to follow sections, and shares the following information:
the population and age profile (i.e how many people might need care in the future)
whether the ageing population is likely to increase (helpful for service planning)
how many workers are employed
how many and what type of organisations deliver care
how many jobs there are and the types of jobs i.e. managerial, frontline workers
the profile of the workers by age, gender and nationality
how qualified the workforce are
the recruitment and retention issues facing the area
average pay rates.
The reports use data collected by the NMDS-SC to create workforce models that, in turn, allow us to produce estimates of the whole adult social care workforce. This ensures that the results are not affected by any uneven levels of data coverage in the NMDS-SC.
This report provides an update on the review of the public health skills and knowledge framework (PHSKF) and the skills passport. The framework has been simplified and re-designed to reflect the full range of functions and activities carried out by people who work towards the delivery of public health outcomes in the UK.
Public Health England | First published: 7 November 2016
This report complements the previous radiology workforce census and should inform future workforce training and planning in the NHS Breast Screening Programme.
All 4 tiers of the radiographic workforce in the programme were surveyed. The report analyses staffing, vacancy rates, retirements, training routes and attitudes of radiographic staff to workforce issues.
Fenton, K. & Arora, S. Public Health Matters Blog. Published online: 10 October 2016
Providing the right training and building the capacity of the workforce to promote mental health and wellbeing and prevent mental illness is essential if we are to reduce health inequalities and increase skills in enabling people to recognise and manage their health and wellbeing.
Good mental health underpins health and wellbeing and also our ability to change unhealthy behaviours or manage long-term conditions.
Mental illness is also associated with many physical health conditions and, as reported in the recent Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey, one adult in six has anxiety or depression.
It is essential, therefore, that our entire workforce is trained in mental health.
Public Health England | Published online: 10 August 2016
The revised PHSKF, accompanied by a helpful user guide, will be an important tool in developing public health capabilities needed in future.
The framework is accompanied by a helpful user guide, setting out how it can be used by individuals, employers and educational providers working in public health.
People in UK Public Health led on extensive consultation and development work which saw high levels of engagement from the workforce. Read the review of thePHSKF.
With endorsement from across the public health system, the revised framework aims to be reflective of the prevailing public health landscape, ensuring the public health workforce continues to develop the skills and competences needed both now and in future.