Public Health Advanced Practitioner Project Report 2023
On behalf of the People in UK Public Health Group (PiUKPH) we are pleased to publish the Public Health Advanced Practitioner Development Project Report.
The Public Health Advanced Practitioner Development Project was commissioned by the People in UK Public Health (PIUKPH) Group in September 2021 to gain insights into the public health advanced practitioner workforce and provide evidence-based recommendations for appropriate career development interventions. The project was funded by Health Education England[*] (HEE) South East and supported by a working group of public health workforce development experts from across the four nations of the UK.
The project addressed the need for a working definition of a ‘Public Health Advanced Practitioner’, an understanding of the workforce’s characteristics, and the development of options for advanced practitioner development.
The research followed a four-stage approach: scoping, research and analysis, development and appraisal of recommendations, and stakeholder engagement. The research methods included online surveys, focus groups, and interviews with employers, practitioners, and key informants.
The project’s outputs include:
- A finalised definition of public health advanced practitioners.
- Eight evidence-based recommendations to address the identified challenges.
- Final report of the Public Health Advanced Practitioner Development Project.
- Lay Summary of the Public Health Advanced Practitioner Development Project
The Public Health Advanced Practitioner Development Project has provided valuable insights into the advanced practitioner workforce, including a working definition, recruitment and retention challenges, development needs, and opportunities for intervention. The project’s evidence-based recommendations will guide future efforts in supporting the career development of public health advanced practitioners and improving the overall public health workforce.
[*] On the 1st April Health Education England merged with NHS England. This means that NHS England has assumed responsibility for all activities previously undertaken by Health Education England. This includes planning, recruiting, educating and training the health workforce, ensuring that the healthcare workforce has the right numbers, skills, values and behaviours in place to support the delivery of excellent healthcare and health improvement to patients and the public.