A report has been published to help healthcare professionals record and measure their impact on public health.
Published by Public Health England (PHE) and the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), the report, Everyday Interactions, shows that only around 19% of healthcare professionals currently measure the public health impact of their everyday work. The main barriers to collecting, recording and collating data from public health interventions include, time, capacity and training, the report shows.
To help rectify this problem, a toolkit has been developed which allows healthcare professionals to record and collate their work. Both the report and the toolkit were developed in collaboration with representative bodies and individuals of healthcare, as well as being informed by a national survey of healthcare professionals.
The four main factors of the toolkit include:
- Do – focuses on the brief intervention a healthcare professional might undertake with their patient or client, such as signposting to relevant services.
- Record – this relates to what information the healthcare professional would record, such as categorising a referral and recording measurements, such as BMI.
- Collate – is about capturing the data over a period of time for multiple individuals.
- Impact – brings all of this together and captures the likely impact their service is having in a local area, as well as the national public health priorities that these interventions will impact upon.
About the toolkit Shirley Cramer, chief executive of RSPH and chair of the Government’s Advisory Group, People in UK Public Health said: “It is very clear that the healthcare workforce already has a positive impact on the public’s health through their everyday interactions with patients. Our hope is that this resource will provide healthcare professionals with simple, quick and effective guidelines for recording and measuring the impact of their activities on the public’s health. This will be invaluable in better understanding and demonstrating to commissioners and others the huge potential which exists to improve and protect the public’s health through brief interventions such as signposting.”
In addition to the report, RSPH has also developed a free e-learning package for healthcare professionals to provide them with an easy to use guide. The report along with access to the e-learning is available www.rsph.org.uk/interactions