Public Health Practitioner Conference 2019
12th November 2019
UKPHR’s tenth Annual Practitioners’ Conference was a hugely successful affair in Birmingham on 12 November. Public health people came from all over the UK to be part of this anniversary event – and some special guests came along, too.
There were high quality speakers all day:
Wilma Reid, NHS Health Scotland, introduced her audience to the making of Public Health Scotland, due to launch next year and spoke of the leadership qualities public health practitioners demonstrate.
Professor David Evans, University of the South West of England, described the research he and his colleagues are carrying out to ascertain the value employers of the public health workforce attach to registration.
Dr Lisa McNally, Director of Public Health Sandwell, wowed her audience with her inspirational guide on how to make an impact.
And in a dozen workshops across the day, dedicated presenters imparted great learning to their audiences on subjects as diverse as assessing portfolios, engaging with the provider workforce, personal resilience and Salisbury’s response to the Novichok attack.
The day was all about celebrating and learning. And it was aided by special guests Mala Rao OBE and Jenny Griffiths OBE, who were there at the beginning when practitioner registration was launched. Both spoke of how proud and impressed they were with developments in practitioner registration since then and urged practitioners to lead from the front on such pressing societal issues as health inequalities and the climate emergency and the potentially adverse health impacts of these.
- Practitioners Leading in Whole Systems – challenges and support – Wilma Reid, Head of Learning and Improvement – NHS Health Scotland
- The evidence for public health employers’ attitudes towards registration – Professor David Evans, University of the West of England [Response to slido comments]
- How to be impactful: you are improving the public’s health and wellbeing and helping to reduce inequalities – Lisa McNally, Director of Public Health – Sandwell Council
- Being a resilient practitioner – banking your value for wellbeing interventions – Dr Adenike Arowobusoye, Consultant in Public Health – Richmond and Wandsworth Councils
- Making the most of writing reflective notes – for CPD, career, personal development and revalidation – Paul Southon, Director – Southon Associates Ltd
- Practical assessing, verifying – and learning – Louise Holden and Kate Lees, Practitioner Moderators – UKPHR
UKPHR Innovation in Public Health Awards 2019 Winners
Translating evidence into practice – The Allison Thorpe Award – sponsored by UKPHR
Rachel McIlvenna, Advanced Public Health Practitioner – Middlesbrough Council
Improving public health practice
Maxine Dixon, Weight Management Project Manager – Sandwell Council
Collaborative working – sponsored by The Health Foundation
Deirdre Henderson, People-led Policy Officer – Inclusion Scotland
Contribution to public health registration
Sarah Hassell, Workforce Development Manager – Public Health England – East Midlands
Award for the best nature based project in the year of green action – sponsored by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Clare Olver, Programme Manager – Mersey Forest, Cheshire’s Natural Health Service