World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Public Health Nursing and Midwifery at Public Health England’s Chief Nurse Directorate

Maximising the contribution of nursing and midwifery within the WHO European Region in all settings and throughout people’s lives

The Nursing, Maternity and Early Years Directorate, Public Health England (PHE) was granted designation to become a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre (WHO CC) in October 2016. The WHO Collaborating Centre for Public Health Nursing and Midwifery is one of 10 collaborating centres within PHE.

World Health Organisation Europe (WHO Europe) has nine collaborating centres across the 53 countries in Europe. The Nursing, Maternity and Early Years Directorate is the first WHO Collaborating Centre that is not an academic institution. Designation is granted for a four year period and during this time the aim is to support nurses and midwives to tackle the growing and changing public health challenges. We are currently working towards re-designation of our WHO CC.

Our work focuses on the application of evidence based public health into practice for nursing, midwifery and allied health professions, encompassing the three ‘P’s:
• Preventing avoidable diseases
• Protecting health
• Promoting wellbeing and resilience

Additionally, the WHO CC works towards strengthening the public health role of nurses and midwives’ contribution to Health 2030 goals.

As part of our agreed WHO CC workplan we have been collecting and validating case studies and local practice examples of promoting good maternal health outcomes and to demonstrate impact of the workforce and public health interventions. All submitted case studies and practice examples are peer reviewed by technical advisors. We envisage the examples provided will support local delivery and inspire new innovation!

If you would like to submit a case study or practice example, please contact Click here to download Case Studies and Local Practice Examples Templates.

What is the difference between Case Studies and Local Practice Examples?

Case Studies Local Practice Examples
The case study allows in-depth consideration of one or two specific issues using information from several sources. This makes it possible to:

  • succinctly align activity and outcome
  • identify effective practice and suggest changes that will have an impact
  • measurable results that show how the problem is solved.
Local practice examples can be used to celebrate successes and to share what works. They are not formal research however they make an invaluable contribution to knowledge translation and learning or research generation.



Case studies and practice examples can be viewed by clicking on the links below:

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