New report shows increasing focus on public health education for AHPs

13 October 2015

Universities are playing an increasingly important part in preparing future allied health professionals to promote healthy lifestyles and tackle lifestyle-related conditions, according to a report published today by the Council of Deans of Health and Public Health England.

The report, Embracing the Challenge: Public Health in Allied Health Professional Pre-registration Education, provides evidence of the substantial work already done to embed public health into the curriculum and the widespread commitment to equipping AHPs to be an integral part of the future public health workforce.

Professor Dame Jessica Corner, Chair of the Council, representing all UK university faculties engaged in education and research for nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions, said:

“Our members have a vital role to play in preparing AHPs to be part of the wider public health workforce. This report shows the extent to which public health has been embedded in pre-registration curricula already and a strong desire to do more to support this agenda.”

Linda Hindle, Lead Allied Health Professional and National Engagement Lead for Police and Fire Services, Public Health England said:

“The results of this work demonstrate the strong commitment of the allied health professions to public health.

“Universities are clearly taking responsibility for ensuring our future allied health professionals are equipped to play their part in improving the health and wellbeing of the population”

Download Embracing the Challenge: Public Health in Allied Health Professional Pre-registration Education

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Notes to editors:

  1. The Council of Deans of Health is the voice of the deans and heads of UK university faculties for nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions. For further information: councilofdeans.org.uk.
  2. For more information on this press release, please call 07805 873882  or contact Jon Eames, Membership and Communications Officer
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