Public Health Skills: A Practical Guide for nurses and public health practitioners
January 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
Public Health Skills: A practical guide for nurses and public health practitioners provides the fundamental, essential knowledge and skills required to provide safe and effective practice and is an invaluable resource for all those connected to this vital, challenging and rapidly expanding aspect of health provision.
Section 1: Assessment of public health needs.
1. Assessing and Identifying Health Needs: theories and frameworks for practice.
2. Health Needs Assessment :appraising and measuring need.
3. Needs Assessment.
Section 2: Management of public health needs.
4. Collaborative Working: organisational development for community participation.
5. Partnerships for Public Health: user involvement to improve health and wellbeing.
6. Partnerships for Pulic Health: professional involvement to improve health and wellbeing.
7. Communication and You.
Section 3: Public Health Policies and their Impact on Practice.
8. Appraising and Influencing Health Policy and Strategy.
9. Strategic Leadership for Health and Wellbeing.
10. Health Protection and the Role of the Public Health Nurse.
11. Research and Development: analysis and interpretation of evidence.
12. Quality and Risk Management in Primary Care Settings.
Section 4: Facilitation of Public Health Activities.
13. Quality and Risk Management: safe guarding children and vulnerable groups.
14. Developing Programmes, Services and Reducing Inequalities.
15. Programme Planning for Health Education.
16. Ethically Managing Self, People and Resources to Improve the Health and Wellbeing of Patients and Clients in the Community.
Glossary of terms.
Elizabeth Porter is a Lecturer in Public Health Practice and Health Visiting in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, at the University of Southampton.
- The first text specifically devoted to the development of
public health skills for nurses
- Draws on the National Occupational Standards for the practice
of public health
- Adapts the four domains and 10 principles identified in the NMC
Standards of proficiency for specialist community public health
nursing (NMC 2004)
- Includes examples to demonstrate how public health theories and policies are applied in everyday nursing practice
"This has been written for pre-registration nurses as well as public health practitioners and it focuses, exactly as the title states, on public health practice. Easy to read and well laid out there is a section on “how to use this book” helping the reader to get the most out of any reading and exercises. The book has four sections (which are further subdivided into chapters) “Assessment of Public Health Need”, “Management of Public Health Needs”, “Policies that impact” and finally “Facilitation of Public Health Activities”. Practical examples are cited to illustrate points along with practical tips and useful activities and case study examples to help the reader understand points and explore issues in their own area. The book integrates the 3 different approaches to public health with the 4 key principles and 10 occupational standards. This is a well written book that is likely to become an 'essential text' for many and find itself on reading lists for pre-registration nursing courses as well as other public health courses. This is comprehensive textbook on public health will be a useful resource for teachers and practitioners engaged in public health as well as students." (Journal of Community Nursing)