Understanding the public health practitioner workforce

Understanding the public health practitioner workforce

The CfWI was jointly commissioned by the Department of Health, Health Education England (HEE) and Public Health England to carry out a review of the public health practitioner workforce.

As part of this review, the CfWI:

  • Undertook a review of current practice to document how practitioners are employed across the country, what career paths are available and what registration or other training options are open to them.
  • Developed a proposed definition of ‘public health practitioner’ for use in future discussions and workforce planning.

This study aims to help commissioners to better plan for the whole public health workforce, based on better information on the practitioner workforce and a widely-accepted definition.

The outputs from the review will also be useful to workforce planners at a local and national level to help them build an adequate and qualified practitioner workforce.

The CfWI engaged and worked collaboratively with a number of key stakeholders and partners, including commissioners, employer representatives, training and accreditation providers HEE Local Education Training Boards and workforce leads in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Read the full report here.


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