Mapping the core public health workforce

Mapping the core public health workforce

The Mapping the core public health workforce report was commissioned by Public Health England (PHE), Health Education England (HEE) and the Department of Health (DH) to provide analysis and intelligence of which staff roles make up the core public health workforce in England.

During the course of this project, the CfWI has defined and provided numbers for 11 staff groups. These are based on staff who typically work between levels 5 and 9 on the Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework (PHSKF).

The CfWI has worked with PHE, HEE and the DH to agree a definition of the core public health workforce as:

‘All staff engaged in public health activities who identify public health as being the primary part of their role.’ 

During the course of this project, the CfWI has defined and provided numbers for 11 staff groups. These are based on staff who typically work between levels 5 and 9 on the Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework (PHSKF).

Our research has concluded that the number of core public health workers in England is likely to range from around 36,000 to 41,000 people. The size of the range should be viewed as an indicator of the lack of reliable workforce data for several professions or staffing groups outlined in the report.

Through our report, we suggest further research exercises can be considered, taking into account both work in progress and the challenges raised by the survey:

  • A census of the public health workforce, to establish a baseline and follow up on this report
  • A project to map the wider public health workforce
  • A stocktake to look into specialist training for consultants/specialists.

Alongside the full report, the two infographics help convey the importance of this workforce while a literature review provides further background and context to this project.

Read the full report.

Mapping the core public health workforce infographic

This infographic shows the CfWI's estimates of the number of people working in core public health roles in England. Data for these headcount estimates are from a variety of sources including: NMC, HSCIC, GMC, CIEH, FPH and local authorities. View the infographic.

Delivering the routine immunisation programme in England

This infographic illustrates the routine immunisation programme delivered through the life courses. It also identifies the vast and varied workforce that comes together to deliver the programme at national, regional and local levels. It is a complex programme and a complex workforce so the bottles in the fridge are different sizes to portray this. View the infographic, and the accompanying briefing paper.

Mapping the core publication health workforce: Literature review

Mapping the core public health workforce: a literature reviewThis paper explores the context and key considerations for mapping the core public health workforce under the following headers including: public health workforce policy, counting the public health workforce, previous recommendations on numbers and roles, the Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework education and training, education and training, registration and revalidation of the workforce, and previous attempts to examine the public health workforce.

Read the full literature review.