Population Health & Prevention Workforce Development Programme

The Vision

To maximise public health skills across health, care and public health workforces for the promotion of health improvement and behaviour change in ways that address health inequalities for the Cheshire and Merseyside population.

Why is it important?

  • Public health needs a sustainable, multidisciplinary workforce that is fit for practice and purpose in a post-pandemic world.
  • The workforce needs to be flexible, able to respond to changing needs and environments and able to develop and maintain good public health skills.
  • We want to support development in the non-specialist core workforce, building the capabilities of our future public health leaders and supporting the wider roles in services and communities that can be said to constitute the ‘wider workforce’.

What are we doing?

  • Promoting available population health learning opportunities, resources and programmes through stakeholder engagement and social media channels
  • Ensuring learning is related to and aligned with the agreed All Together Fairer priorities to reduce health inequalities for the Cheshire and Merseyside All Together Fairer Community
  • Developing and promoting an updated Making Every Contact Count (MECC+) website to include social determinants

Learning Opportunities

Navigating your way through the many courses and learning opportunities available to health, care and public health staff can seem daunting and lead to you being confused. We have created a one stop shop for public health learning and aim to help you find the right courses that will build your skills and confidence by highlighting courses that are relevant to any given public health topic and suitable for the stage you are at in your learning journey.

Each month in our newsletter Collaborate, there will be a themed approach to the learning opportunities, presenting topics that may be relevant to a national or regional theme or focus. We will also highlight courses, webinars or events that are coming up in the months ahead in a way that makes it easy to find the right opportunity for you and enables you to plan your learning around your busy schedule!

For courses and learning opportunities available to health, care and public health staff, visit our training and events page.

For free e-learning resources, training and education in population health, wellbeing and prevention, visit the Population Wellbeing Portal. Here you will find links to e-learning, toolkits, videos, webinars and various publications.

Looking for something specific? There are also a variety of public health e-learning programmes available on the e-learning for healthcare website.


Working Groups

The programme is supported by the Cheshire and Merseyside Public Health Workforce Development Steering Group which has representation from local authorities, health and the voluntary sector.

DPH Lead

The Director of Public Health lead for Workforce Development is Dr Matt Tyrer.

More information


For all enquiries, please email  champscommunication@wirral.gov.uk