New guidance launched on public health education for the Allied Health Professions

6 September 2017

New guidance has been published setting out what good practice looks like for public health in pre-registration Allied Health Professional education. The guidance, Public Health Content within the Pre-Registration Curricula for Allied Health Professions, aims to help shape individual professions curricula and support universities to review and develop their courses.

The production of the guidance was co-ordinated by Public Health England (PHE) and involved partners across the UK including the AHP professional bodies, the Council of Deans for Health, the Health and Care Professions Council, the Welsh, Scottish and Northern Ireland Governments, Health Education England, NHS Improvement and the Faculty of Public Health.

Linda Hindle, PHE’s Lead Allied Health Professional, said:

“Allied Health Professionals are increasingly being recognised as an important part of the public health workforce, using their day to day interactions with patients to bring about real improvements to health and wellbeing. This new framework will help professional bodies and universities to strengthen the public health component of courses and curriculum. By so doing, it will help us to maintain the momentum and spread good practice throughout the professions.”

Professor Brian Webster-Henderson, Chair of the Council of Deans of Health, representing UK university faculties engaged in education and research for nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions, said:

“Education for both the current and future workforce will be instrumental in achieving the required shift in focus from treatment to prevention. Universities are already playing an important part in preparing Allied Health Professionals to promote healthy lifestyles and tackle lifestyle-related conditions and this guidance will help in ensuring this agenda continues to be taken forward”.


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:
  2. Guidance: Public Health Content within the Pre-Registration Curricula for Allied Health Professions
  3. For more information on this press release, please contact Jon Eames
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