Improving and protecting the public’s health is everyone’s business and cannot be delivered by any one institution, sector, or profession; we all have a role to play.
All Our Health is the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities’ professional workforce development digital platform, which focuses on key public health issues. It aims to support the wider public health workforce to improve their knowledge, confidence, and ability to take action to prevent illness, protect health, promote wellbeing and reduce health inequalities.
The programme has been developed from research and insights about the key barriers to adopting a public and population health focus across the workforce. Colleagues told us they needed a one stop shop for brief, evidence-based public health training and information, available at their fingertips, as they were often short on time. The All Our Health programme has consequently been identified in the NHS Long Term Workforce Plan (2023) as a key resource to support delivery of its workforce ambition to shift care towards prevention and early intervention. In the Plan, it is recommended that teams use these training resources to ensure core public health skills and knowledge are embedded across the wider workforce to improve population health.
All Our Health provides bite-sized modules which use key evidence and data to highlight the importance of addressing each public health issue, focusing on what action can be taken and signposting users to other trusted sources of information.
There are currently 33 modules covering a wide range of public health topics including adult and child obesity, dementia, climate change, health inequalities, and financial wellbeing. Each module takes no more than 20 minutes to complete and new topics continue to be added to the platform intermittently.
Each module follows a standard format and answers the following questions:
Why does it matter?
What can I do to help?
Where can I find further information?
The e-learning modules also include an optional knowledge check section and can be linked to continuing professional development and/or revalidation.
If you’re unsure about which topics to explore first, we would recommend that you start with the health disparities and/or financial wellbeing modules. These will provide you with an excellent overview of some of the most critical and current underlying public health issues impacting on the public’s health.
In addition to the e-learning, there are also five interactive townscapes which allow you to take a place-based approach to addressing topics such as child oral health, smoking in pregnancy and breastfeeding, by clicking on different locations in a townscape image. Two supplementary toolkits are available, one on communications and another on implementation, if you wish to consider how these e-learning resources can be embedded within your place of work.
We have seen a significant increase in the number of learners using these resources over the past year. During 2022-23, there were over 570,000 launches of the content, up by 40% on the previous year, and there have been over 2.1 million launches since the programme was introduced, several years ago. A recent evaluation of the health disparities module showed statistically significant improvements in knowledge, confidence and intention to act post-learning. The e-learning modules are fantastic assets to use alongside or as part of your professional development plan.
As part of RSPH public health workforce week, make a commitment to check out the All Our Health resources and tools and share the links across your networks and communities.