Population Health is an approach aimed at improving the health of an entire population. It is about improving the physical and mental health outcomes and wellbeing of people, while reducing health inequalities within and across a defined population. It includes action to reduce the occurrence of ill-health, including addressing wider determinants of health, and requires working with communities and partner agencies.
The population health and prevention approach is a key element in the NHS Long Term Plan and embedding population health capacity and capability in the workforce is a key deliverable for Health Education England (HEE). This is even more relevant in the period of recovery from COVID-19. There is a lot of stakeholder interest in the fellowship programme and it complements work on population health management undertaken by NHSE/I through the Population Health Academy. The relevance/centrality of frontline healthcare practitioners having population health and prevention skills has been recognised increasingly during the current pandemic.
It has been a privilege to work with SW Population Fellows, their commitment to improving population health outcomes and reducing health inequalities has been outstanding. I would also like to thank our Public Health Educational Supervisors, the SW Training Programme Team, National HEE Colleagues and the SW HEE Regional Director who have worked so hard to make the Programme such a success.
Professor Maggie Rae FFPH FRCP (Hon) FRCP Edin FRCPath (Hon) FRSH (Hon) FFOM (Hon) FRSPH
HEE launched the first national multi-professional Population Health Fellowship (PHF) programme for NHS clinical staff in England in 2020. The programme aims to develop and grow a workforce of professionals who will incorporate population health into their everyday jobs and will encourage and support the development of population health strategies and approaches within the NHS and wider community. It is available across HEE regions.
It is a year-long part-time fellowship at 2 days per week and the time is divided between formal learning and undertaking a population health project in their communities.
The fellowship is open to healthcare professionals from a broad range of clinical backgrounds.
The expansion of the Population Health Fellowship Programme will enable the growth of a network of like-minded clinicians who will be able to utilise their acquired competencies to incorporate population health approaches into their local work systems to improve patient outcomes.