Policy paper

Healthy lives, healthy people: a public health workforce strategy

The public health workforce strategy and a review of how the strategy is being implemented.



The strategy sets out actions for various partners in the new public health system to support and develop the public health workforce.

It will help embed public health knowledge and capacity within the wider workforce to support delivery of the public health outcomes framework.

The review of the public health workforce strategy details the progress that has been made, including:

  • reviewing the Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework and developing an online tool to support career development
  • transferring the public health career support website to Health Careers
  • producing a minimum dataset for the public health workforce to support workforce planning across the system
  • improving support for the public health non-medical scientific workforce, knowledge and intelligence staff, and academic staff
  • establishing Health Education England’s public health advisory group and developing a prevention and public health action plan
  • reviewing the Faculty of Public Health’s national specialists training curriculum
  • introducing a new range of public health leadership development and talent management programmes

This work is a collaboration between a range of organisations including Department of Health, Public Health England, Health Education England and local authorities.

These organisations will continue to work together to meet the commitments set out in the strategy.

A new public health workforce strategy will be developed in summer 2016.

Published 3 May 2013
Last updated 14 April 2016 + show all updates
  1. The review of the 2013 public health workforce strategy has been published.
  2. This is an updated version of the report saying what we have done over the last year and what the next steps are for each of the 14 commitments set out in the 2013 strategy.
  3. First published.