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

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

Maximising the contribution of nursing, midwifery and allied health professions 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 for a four-year period.

A Collaborating Centre is an institution designated by the WHO Director-General as part of a global collaborative network that carries out activities in support of the WHO’s programs. 

World Health Organisation Europe (WHO Europe) has nine collaborating centres across the 53 countries in Europe. The WHO Collaborating Centre for Public Health Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions is one of 10 collaborating centres within PHE and is the first centre that is not an academic institution.

Our designation period as a WHO CC has recently been extended for a further four-year period and during this time PHE will support WHO by:

  • strengthening disease prevention, health promotion and build resilience in health care systems, and in generating evidence and frameworks of practice for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals. 
  • collating and collecting evidence about the nurses, midwives and allied health professionals’ role and impact across the life course. 
  • providing technical assistance and supporting WHO in informing the development of policy advice, about public health nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals. 

Our work focuses on the application of evidence based public health into practice for nursing, midwifery and allied health professions, together with profiling the leadership role of nurses, midwives and allied health professionals during COVID-19 and the lessons learnt, 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, midwives and allied health professionals’ 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 across the life course. We envisage the examples provided will support local delivery and inspire new innovation!

Please refer to this useful tutorial animation showcasing examples of case studies and practice examples, the importance of them and demonstrating the process of completing them.

If you would like to submit a case study or practice example, please contact nme.whocc@phe.gov.uk. 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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