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21.01.20

HEE launches Population Health Fellowship to support integrated care

Health Education England (HEE) has launched the first national Population Health Fellowship for NHS clinical staff in England.

The aim of the fellowship is to develop trainees capable of incorporating population health into their local communities to improve patient care and outcomes.

Population health is designed to improve the health of an entire population, seeking to improve physical, mental and social wellbeing for the whole populace.

The HEE pilot aims to develop and grow a workforce of professionals who will incorporate population health into their everyday jobs and who will ultimately add to the ever-growing workforce from multiple disciplines integrating population health.

Population health skills are highly sought after and the fellows will be part of a group of professions which will encourage and support the development of public health approaches within the NHS and wider community.

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The multi-professional fellows have been recruited from a wide range of backgrounds including nursing, pharmacy, medicine, speech and language therapy, dietetics, orthotics and physiotherapy.

Professor Wendy Reid of Health Education England said: “HEE’s Future Doctor programme identified population health as a core priority and is aligned with the NHS Long Term Plan.

“It is clear Integrated Care Systems will need the support of frontline clinicians with population health skills, as well as public health consultants and practitioners to deliver population health.

“This is a fantastic new pilot providing multi-professional skills to enable our health professionals to deliver the best care possible for their local communities.”

The year-long pilot of the fellowship is set to commence in February 2020 with 16 fellows.

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