The public health workforce of the future: a review of capacity & capability

The public health workforce of the future: a review of capacity & capability

The CfWI was commissioned by the Department of Health (DH), Public Health England (PHE) and Health Education England to carry out a long-term review of the public health workforce of the future.

The CfWI engaged with and worked collaboratively with a number of key partners and stakeholders throughout the study, which aimed to address these two questions:

  • Looking ahead, what capacity & capability will we need in the public health system to protect and improve the public’s health?
  • What do we need to start doing/putting in place to get us ready for the future?

This review is aimed at informing the DH's planned refresh of the national public health workforce strategy, and the outputs are expected to also stimulate a wider debate about developing the public health workforce for the medium and longer term.

The work complements a separate PHE review of the future public health workforce which considers the medium-term (about 5 years) issues and needs of the public health workforce.

As part of this work the CfWI worked with PHE on a series of events around the country to enable local leaders to come together to discuss and shape national and local thinking on workforce issues that may arise in the short and long-term future. The events were held between November and January in each LGA region/PHE Centre - dates and locations can be found below, with full details available by clicking on the individual locations.

24 November 2015  South West - Taunton
9 December 2015 West Midlands - Birmingham
7 January 2016 East of England - Newmarket
12 January 2016 North West - Manchester
13 January 2016 South East - London
21 January 2016 East Midlands - Loughborough
26 January 2016 North East - Durham
28 January 2016 Yorkshire & the Humber - Leeds

Read the full report here

For more information on this review, download the project brief below.

Related downloads

Project Brief - PH Workforce of the Future Download PDF document