Health protection is a term used to encompass a set of activities within the public health function.
The profile of health protection has increased significantly in recent years with issues such as immunisation, food borne infections, pandemics, healthcare associated infection and communicable diseases regularly being in the public eye. The quality of public protection from hazards demands a workforce, educated and trained to the highest standards.
Since 2005, NHS Education for Scotland has worked in close partnership with Health Protection Scotland (national coordinating body for health protection in Scotland) and stakeholders to progress a cohesive, integrated and progressive approach to workforce education development.
This work has included the development of a national strategy, one part of which was the development and implementation of the 'Framework for Workforce Education Development for Health Protection in Scotland' (NES and HPS, 2006) which set the context for joint working and continues to deliver in three main areas:
This work has continued over the years and actively supports the work of the obligate Scottish Health Protection Network. This multiagency network covers areas such as:
In addition, the network facilitates an overarching health protection workforce education group that regularly meets allowing this multidisciplinary and multi-agency workforce to come together to discuss areas such as workforce and career development pathways.
In April 2020, a new lead national agency for improving and protecting the health and wellbeing of all of Scotland’s people was launched of which Health Protection Scotland became an integral part.
The strategic partnership between NHS Education Scotland, Public Health Scotland and partners is seen as key in the ongoing delivery of health protection workforce education to help ensure a confident and resilient workforce equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills in this rapidly evolving field.
All health protection education resources and support materials are freely available on Turas Learn in the Health protection zone.
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Last updated: 10/05/2022