Community-centred approaches to health improvement - elearning for healthcare
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About the Community-centred approaches to health improvement programme

Community-centered approaches for health and wellbeing flow chart

Please be advised that the Community-centred approaches to health improvement programme is now out of date and will be removed from the elfh Hub on 11 March 2024. Please ensure you have completed your learning and generate your certificate, if required, before this date.

Communities matter for health. A community where people are well connected, are inclusive and respectful of all and involved in local decision making are healthy communities. Improving population health requires us to address these community factors and work with and alongside community members to improve the things that matter for their health.

The Marmot Review made clear that strengthening communities, through empowerment and asset based approaches, is essential to reducing health inequalities. The Five Year Forward View also prioritises working with communities and releasing their capabilities for health and wellbeing.

These two modules will focus on community-centred approaches to improving health and wellbeing. Module 1 will cover the background evidence and theory on why this is important and what approaches work. Module 2 involves practical exercises to apply the knowledge into  your own work and enable you to make strategic and practical plans for taking community-centred approaches forward within your organisation.

The modules are based on A guide to community-centred approaches for health and wellbeing by Public Health England and NHS England.

More information

Module 1 includes:

  • What is a healthy community?
  • Different experiences of communities
  • Policy and Evidence
  • Concepts and Principles
  • Family of Approaches
  • Self Assessment

Module 2 includes:

  • Approaches in practice
  • Using the Family of Approaches
  • Identifying outcomes
  • Strategic planning
  • Workforce development

Learning objectives

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Explain why communities are important for health and health inequalities
  • Describe the evidence and concepts of community-centred approaches
  • List practical examples for working with communities
  • Make plans to develop, commission, audit or evaluate community-centred approaches in public health

Meet the team

  • Jude Stansfield

    Jude Stansfield

    National Adviser, Public Mental Health, Public Health England
  • Jane South

    Jane South

    Jane South, National Adviser Healthy Communities, Public Health England and Professor Healthy Communities, Leeds Beckett University
  • Mark Millar

    Project Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Simon Blackmore

    Simon Blackmore

    Learning Designer, HEE elearning for healthcare

How to access

In order to access the Community-centred approaches to health improvement programme, you will need an elfh account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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To view the Community-centred approaches to health improvement programme, select the View button below. If you already have an account with elfh, you will also be able to login and enrol on the programme from the View button.

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Not an NHS organisation?

If you are not an NHS health or care organisation and therefore do not qualify for free access elfh Hub, you may be able to access the service by creating an OpenAthens account.

To check whether or not you qualify for free access via OpenAthens, you can view the eligibility criteria and register on the ‘OpenAthens’ portal.

Registering large numbers of users

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the Community-centred approaches to health improvement programme, please contact elfh directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact elfh directly to express interest.

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