Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

RSPH Report on New Public Health Workforce Structure

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

RSPH Report on New Public Health Workforce Structure

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"Health decisions are being made based on politics not evidence" concludes a new report from the Royal Society for Public Health, which is based on a survey of more than 250 health professionals working in local authorities. The survey respondents comprise a broad range of the public health workforce, including directors of public health, consultants in public health, public health specialists and health improvement practitioners from all areas of England.

Although it is widely understood that the transition of public health into local authorities has great potential to provide improvements in the public's health, in this survey commissioned by RSPH only 15% of public health professionals believed that the changes have currently had a positive impact on health improvement outcomes, and nearly three quarters of respondents suggested that financial restrictions are impacting upon their team's ability to deliver health improvement initiatives. Looking to the future in light of these raised concerns, over 80% of respondents suggested that additional influencing skills would aid them in demonstrating their effectiveness in this new public health environment. …

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