The importance and impact of public policy and legislation on health at individual, local, national and global levels

Understanding the history and importance of public policy and legislation in relation to health promotion and well-being is a fundamental step to being able to become an advocate and practitioner for health improvement at all levels. This is an inherently political process and requires an ability to appreciate the influences on health and how to influence a range of decision makers. This one day workshop will provide a basic overview of relevant policy development and offer an opportunity for participants to consider how they could apply the learning in their workplace or other environments.

Learning Outcomes:
An understanding of the history of public policy and legislation

  • An understanding of how public policy and legislation that impacts on social determinants is also relevant to health and well-being
  • An understanding of the influences that can affect public policy and legislation
  • An understanding of the current policy and legislative context in relationship to health and well-being
  • An opportunity to explore how the learning from this module could be applied in participants workplace

Style: Interactive learning environment – participants will learn through presentations of theory and practical groupwork.

Target Audience: This course is aimed at: Public health practitioners, GPs, Health Visitors, Midwives, School Nurses, Community Nurses, Environmental Health Practitioners, Police, Fire Brigade, Voluntary Sector, lay members of health and social care bodies, local authority staff and other health and social care staff.

Course delivered by: Anthea Cooke

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