Public Health Skills Passport Slide Pack and Questionnaire
One of the key deliverables assigned to Public Health England from the public health workforce strategy is the development of a new skills passport for public health.
Skills passports are a record of a person’s training, education and vocational experience, usually held on a central hosted website. They offer a structure and mechanism for personal career and workforce development.
While the title of this product might be a ‘skills passport’, co-production work with professionals to date has indicated that the passport’s functionality and its added value will be as a linking spine for collection and connection of the necessary components for a public health career.
There are a range of organisations representing groups of public health professionals who have a particular interest in the development of a public health skills passport. An Expert Reference Group has been set up with membership from these organisations to inform work on a specification for a pilot passport system. This reference group has developed a set of slides in order to gauge the interest of the public health community with this project and to understand colleague’s thoughts in relation to particular design questions. Members of the reference group will be engaging with colleagues to gather their views over the next period of time. It is hoped that a ‘pilot’ could be developed after the end of this discussion period. The discussion period will last until the end of March.
Please do feel free to review the slide pack linked here, and then fill out the associated questionnaire linked here.
Public Health eLearning Toolkit (PHeLT)
The PHeLT toolkit brings together a suite of freely available resources to help you improve your skills in the areas of critical appraisal, understanding copyright, and ethical use of information, including correct referencing. These resources include quick guides and tutorials that have been specially selected as being high quality and easy to use. PHeLT also includes a self-test element that allows you to identify particular areas to focus on when improving your skills. PHeLT is provided by the UK Health Forum (http://www.ukhealthforum.org.uk/)
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PHORCaST is a UK-wide website aimed at those working within public health, those wishing to enter public health and those responsible for public health education, development, training, planning and providing careers advice to the public health workforce. It aims to promote public health careers for the entire public health workforce in the UK, and to aid recruitment and retention.
You will find information on the six areas of practice at different levels within the public health workforce and career stories of people working in those roles, the variety of jobs available (e.g. health promotion specialist, health trainer, environmental health officer, public health manager), starting a career in public health, competence frameworks, the skills and qualifications required for public health roles, advice on accessing education and training, key public health websites and much more.