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Hampshire County Council

 The Public Health Directorate | Recent Public Health Registrar Projects 

Hampshire County Council

Address: 1st Floor, Elizabeth II Court South, The Castle, Winchester.  SO23 8UJ.

Switchboard: 0300 555 1375

Hampshire County Council currently serves a population of approximately 1.3 million covering an area of around 1,428 square mile (3,700 square km) consisting of a mixture of rural, semi rural and urban geography.

Hampshire County Council is working closely with GP commissioners and actively supporting the development of the 5 Clinical Commissioning Groups. The Director of Public Health is a member of the SHIP Cluster Board and extended executive as well as the Boards of the Clinical Commissioning Groups.  

Overall health outcomes in Hampshire are good compared to regional and national outcomes. However, there are some areas of high deprivation and health inequality, which are most marked in the Havant, Gosport and Rushmoor districts. One of the key challenges facing Hampshire is the changing demography, with a projected rise of nearly over 14% in the population over 65 years, by 2015. Cardiovascular disease and cancer are the key causes of premature death within the Hampshire area. Smoking remains a major cause of morbidity. Rising rates of obesity, sexually transmitted infections and alcohol related harm in both young people and adults create challenges that can only be addressed through effective partnership working and targeting of interventions and services.

Hampshire County Council has provided opportunities for effective joint planning, commissioning and delivery of services. Registrars who come to Hampshire, have the opportunity to experience a two tier county and district local authority system working at County level and with 11 district councils: Basingstoke and Deane, Hart, East Hampshire, Havant, Fareham, Gosport, New Forest, Eastleigh, Test Valley and Winchester via Local Strategic Partnerships and Health and Well Being Boards.

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The Public Health Directorate

Hampshire County Council PH Directorate, led by Dr Ruth Milton, Director of Public Health, delivers key functions on behalf of Hampshire County Council:

  • Provide public health leadership across Hampshire
  • Prevent disease and effects of disease to improve health and minimise avoidable use of services
  • Identify and address inequalities through partnership working
  • Address disasters and emergencies
  • Combat infectious diseases
  • Support commissioning of health and social care services through use of public health skills
  • Support minimal commissioning of less effective medicines and interventions through use of public health skills
  • Surveillance of the population and health trends to identify emerging issues
  • Provide a training location for the Deanery Public Health Specialist training scheme.

 

Hampshire County Coucil is able to offer Public Health Specialty registrars a wide range of different learning experiences and project work, appropriate to individual need. Particular areas for experience could include:

  • Strategic planning and partnership working at both county and district levels
  • Surveillance and health needs assessment, including joint needs assessment with Local Authorities and CCGs
  • Commissioning, development and performance management of public health programmes to support health improvement, screening and health protection
  • Strategic planning  and joint commissioning around care groups
  • Health service commissioning, including clinical effectiveness, service review/redesign, priority setting/decision making and service development
  • Planning, response and preparedness for major incidents, including pandemic flu.

 

There is a strong commitment to specialist, practitioner and wider public health workforce training and continuing professional development within the Directorate. Hampshire County Council is able to provide office, IT and other support facilities to accommodate the practical learning experience of a number of specialist registrars. Registrars would also have the usual access to Wessex Training Group sessions, CPD and other professional development programmes provided by the training scheme.

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Public Health Registrar Project

Some examples of recent Public Health Registrar projects include:

  • Health needs assessments for the Nepali community in Rushmoor; for veterans and for alcohol  
  • A service evaluation of the older people’s mental health service in Andover
  • Contributions to the annual Public Health report
  • Rapid evidence assessments as part of the NCR process
  • Bowel cancer screening engagement
  • Flood risk plan for Hayling Island.

 

Feedback from registrars has also emphasised the support provided by Consultants and via peer learning, the breadth of opportunities available and the quality of project supervision and educational support which is enhanced by medical and non medical Consultants with a range of backgrounds and specialist experience. On a practical level, the location of Hampshire County Council is close to Winchester railway and bus station making Hampshire County Council  very accessible by public transport.

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