Leading Prevention in Clinical Services – A Toolkit Approach

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare has worked in partnership with the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities and NHS England and NHS Improvement to develop an e-learning programme to help embed public health in clinical services.

There has been a growing interest in public health by health and care professionals, and the policy framework is placing increasing priority on prevention, NHS services have traditionally been established to provide specialist treatment rather than prevention.  

This e-learning programme is intended to support leaders and service managers to guide their teams through the process of re-designing services to support prevention.

Designed as a 5-step process, the programme provides a practical toolkit of useful resources to help individuals and multidisciplinary teams identify their unique contribution to implement quality improvement initiatives to transform services.  

The e-learning content is pragmatic and iterative, recognising the competing pressures on front line teams.  The tools and resources highlighted can be useful in more than one stage of the 5-step process and will be inter-dependent with wider improvement initiatives.

A proof of concept approach to test the use of a toolkit – embedding public health into clinical services: www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/embedding-public-health-into-clinical-services/

2021/22 Prevention in clinical services toolkit - guided learning sessions

Following a successful 2020 pilot project to support clinicians to use the toolkit within their own sphere of practice - HEE NW & Midlands offered a further programme of support to ensure that even more health & care staff are supported to use the toolkit to inform and shape their own public health and prevention work in practice.

The programme included group guided learning sessions over a two-month period, with access to a suite of HEE and OHID resources, to ensure participants public health improvement project is a success. The aim was to support a range of health and care professions to develop population health skills through designing, implementing, testing and evaluating a small-scale health improvement project within their own sphere of practice.

The toolkit Embedding Public Health into Clinical Services is a framework to help inform public health practice in clinical settings; developed as a 5-step process to re-designing services to support prevention.

Resources

  1. Evaluation - Leading Prevention in Clinical Services – A Toolkit Approach
  2. 2021 Workbook - Embedding public health in to clinical services toolkit
  3. Case Study
2020 pilot project

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare has worked in partnership with Public Health England and NHS England and NHS Improvement to develop an e-learning programme to help embed public health in clinical services.

There has been a growing interest in public health by health and care professionals, and the policy framework is placing increasing priority on prevention, NHS services have traditionally been established to provide specialist treatment rather than prevention.

This e-learning programme is intended to support leaders and service managers to guide their teams through the process of re-designing services to support prevention.

Designed as a 5-step process, the programme provides a practical toolkit of useful resources to help individuals and multidisciplinary teams identify their unique contribution to implement quality improvement initiatives to transform services.

The e-learning content is pragmatic and iterative, recognising the competing pressures on front line teams. The tools and resources highlighted can be useful in more than one stage of the 5-step process and will be inter-dependent with wider improvement initiatives.

Following a successful pilot project to support clinicians to use the toolkit within their own sphere of practice - HEE NW & Midlands will be offering a further programme of support to ensure that even more health & care staff are supported to use the toolkit to inform and shape their own public health and prevention work in practice.

The programme will include group learning and activities over a two-month period, with access to a suite of HEE and PHE resources, to ensure participants  public health improvement project is a success. The aim is to support a range of health and care professions to develop population health skills through designing, implementing, testing and evaluating a small-scale health improvement project within their own sphere of practice.

The toolkit Embedding Public Health into Clinical Services  is a framework to help inform public health practice in clinical settings; developed  as  a 5-step process to re-designing services to support prevention.

The programme is open to nurses, midwives, health visitors, specialist nurses, medical professions, allied health professionals, dental professions, pharmacy staff, physician associates across all provider settings  and care home managers.

The purpose of the work is twofold: 

  1. To seek valuable feedback from the clinical workforce regarding using the toolkit to inform their own prevention projects and practice. 
  2. The evaluation report collated from user feedback will inform future planning to encourage use of the toolkit and public health practice across professions and sectors.

On the 30th March 2021, the PHPN held the 'Next Steps on your public health journey: Thank you webinar', which took a light hearted look at one colleagues public health journey and a session on writing for publication from the HEE national knowledge management team.

View the agenda here.

Presentations

Fiona Reynolds, Programme Director, Public Health England North West

"Why on earth would anybody want to work in Public Health?"

• Stumbling into Public Health – accidental career progression.
• Maintaining energy and enthusiasm in the roles.
• Future of Public Health.

Please note that the presenter chose not to record the session.

 

Katie Nicholas, Knowledge Specialist, Health Education England & Emily Hopkins, Knowledge Management Team, HEE National

"Writing for publication"

Click here to view the recorded session.

Evaluation report

The NWPHPN is pleased to share the final evaluation report of the pilot project to support clinicians to utilise the "Embedding Public Health in Clinical Services Toolkit" funded by HEE and delivered across the Midlands and North West as a collaborative approach to taking a multi professional approach to developing public health practice in clinical settings.

The purpose of the work was to: -

  • Explore the value of the toolkit to support public health projects led by clinicians
  • Explore “action learning set” model
  • Build the evidence base for the toolkit through case studies from a range of health professionals / settings.
  • Provide recommendations for increasing toolkit use and public health practice across professions and organisations.

The project was delivered in the midst of the second wave of the pandemic and many participants were called into Covid related clinical duties understandably. Of the 33 participants that enrolled 23 completed the project with us and we were able to secure 16 completed case studies from that final cohort, a  huge testament to those that participated.

Report recommendations included: -

  • Noted the significant interest in public health amongst clinical workforce
  • Covid 19 did impact overall project participation as expected – particularly in terms of completed projects for some participants
  • Action learning set approach is an effect model to provide support.
  • Resource is currently in an E learning format – having in a digital  document format would enhance use.
  • Communications to promote the resource needed

Resources:

  1. Final report
  2. Infographic
  3. Combined case studies

For further information contact phpn.northwest@hee.nhs.uk

Useful contacts

For further information please email phpn.northwest@hee.nhs.uk or if you wish to join a community of practice around this piece of work, join our Knowledge Hub: https://khub.net/group/prevention-in-clinical-services-a-toolkit-approach

If you would like further information about this work contact: 

alison.farrar@hee.nhs.uk or nick.lowden@hee.nhs.uk for NW enquiries.

sally.james@hee.nhs.uk for Midlands enquiries.