Our 'place-based' approach to our programmes means we work closely within a community to address health issues that occur at a local level. We collaborate with and train people who live and work locally, to make our programmes as effective as possible.
Find out more about the programmes that we’re currently running and explore some of our previous programmes.
Our ‘Communities in Charge of…’ programmes take an innovative and community-centred approach to reducing widespread health inequalities. At the heart of the 'Communities in Charge of' concept is recruiting, training and supporting local people to become RSPH accredited Health Champions.
As well as giving health champions the skills and knowledge to support the wellbeing of residents in local neighbourhoods, the programmes also help to promote community activism.
Communities in Charge of Alcohol (CICA)
In partnership with Salford University and funded by the National Institute for Health Research, we were commissioned across Greater Manchester to develop the 'Communities in Charge of Alcohol' programme.
The programme aimed to reduce alcohol harm in the local area by training and recruiting 'Alcohol Health Champions' - local residents who address alcohol harms in their community. The first Communities in Charge of Alcohol programme was successful in:
RSPH and Health Education England (HEE) North have launched a project across the North of England, to up-skill healthcare professionals to become mental health promotion Lead Trainers and Trainers for a Making Every Contact Count (MECC) for Mental Health training programme.
Embedding the MECC approach and promoting mental health are current national strategic priorities for the health system, and the effects of COVID-19 on population health have made this even more urgent. This work is well placed to support organisations interested in tackling this challenge through evidence-based mental health training that develops knowledge, skills and confidence to integrate relevant messages and interventions into routine practice.
The Young Health Champions (YHC) programme provides training and a qualification to equip young people with the skills and confidence to improve the health of their peers. YHCs operate in a range of different locations across the country, from secondary schools and colleges to prisons and local community groups.
The programme also provides opportunities to get involved with campaigning on public health issues and to become a mentor for future programmes. The programme has received overwhelmingly positive feedback since its launch. A survey of young people who had completed the Young Health Champion programme revealed:
We work with partners from across the West Midlands to develop new social investment finance programmes. Working in collaboration with The Key Fund, our ‘Catalyst Programme’ provides support for local organisations to tackle health inequalities, with a focus on supporting programmes that work on early health interventions.
Tackling Health Inequalities
We have developed two new programmes, supported by The Health Foundation, which aim to raise awareness of the social determinants of health, and form part of the Health Foundation’s, ‘Healthy Lives’ strategy.
The programmes involve working with local communities in different parts of the UK on specific issues which may exacerbate health inequalities – namely, financial security and community cohesion.
We’re developing a programme in collaboration with Citizen’s Advice and The Health Foundation to help local care and health organisations understand the scale of financial insecurity and how this affects people’s health and wellbeing.
As part of the Financial Insecurity programme, we’re working with three Local Authorities (Sheffield City Council, Hertfordshire County Council and Hull City Council), to understand the challenges people with financial insecurity face and what tools are needed to reduce health inequalities related to finances.
Find out more about our past public health programmes that we have led on and developed.