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Overview

Nurses and other public health practitioners have a crucial role to play in helping to improve the collective well being of society and so developing skills in public health - preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health - is key to this process. Public Health Skills: A practical guide for nurses and public health practitioners covers the complete spectrum of public health practice: the effective assessment and management of need, understanding policy and how to affect its implementation; before moving on to explore practical issues and themes surrounding the facilitation of public health. Within the four sections of the book, the text is organised around the ten core public health skills outlined in the National Occupational Standards for the practice of public health, covering skills including surveillance and assessment, collaborative working, working with communities, strategy development, risk management, leadership and ethics. Public Health Skills: A practical guide for nurses and public health practitioners provides the fundamental, essential knowledge and skills required to provide safe and effective practice and is an invaluable resource for all those connected to this vital, challenging and rapidly expanding aspect of health provision.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Jeanne B Hewitt, PhD, RN (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
Description: This book focuses on the British system of public health and ways in which nurses and public health practitioners ideally function in it.
Purpose: According to the authors, this book is intended to serve as a practical guide for nurses and public health practitioners to aid in the development of public health skills in various contexts. These are worthwhile objectives that are met for those in the British public health system.
Audience: Written primarily for students, the book also could serve as a tool for orientation for practitioners new to public health. According to the authors, the target audiences are nurses and public health practitioners. The focus on nurses generically as a target audience (rather than district/public health nurses) dilutes the effectiveness of the book.
Features: This edited book is well organized and written. The authors effectively use figures, tables, case studies, and a glossary to assist readers' understanding and application of concepts and skills. They emphasize practical skills, including an understanding of the basic principles of epidemiology and communication and the development of partnerships. Although this book is intended for public health as practiced in Great Britain, the summary of key skills and many of the models used are broadly applicable. For other public health systems (e.g., the United States), the book in its entirety would be most suitable as an adjunct textbook for instructors. However, the first two sections, which address assessment and management of public health needs, are outstanding and could be essential reading in any public health nursing program. These sections summarize basic epidemiology, including surveillance (chapter 3) and skills in collaboration (chapter 4), partnership building (chapters 5 and 6), and communication (chapter 7). The chapter on epidemiology is particularly noteworthy in its succinct and application-oriented coverage of what many find is difficult material to grasp. The chapters on collaboration and partnership building tackle skills that are particularly nebulous for neophyte public health practitioners. The authors are to be commended for summarizing key features and strategies for putting these skills into practice. The book has a couple of drawbacks. First, it uses a narrow definition of the physical environment as a determinant of health and does not address any physical determinant of health. Second, it places a large emphasis on clinical aspects, particularly in sections 3 and 4, which cover policy, quality and risk management, and program planning from a perspective that is limited in its usefulness to non-British systems of public health.
Assessment: The book fills a niche in public health practice literature, especially the first two sections, which are broadly applicable and particularly helpful.
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“The book fills a niche in public health practice literature, especially the first two sections, which are broadly applicable and particularly helpful.” (Doody's Reviews, June 2009)

"This has been written for pre-registration nurses as well as public health practitioners and it focuses, exactly as the title states, on public health practice. Easy to read and well laid out there is a section on “how to use this book” helping the reader to get the most out of any reading and exercises. The book has four sections (which are further subdivided into chapters) “Assessment of Public Health Need”, “Management of Public Health Needs”, “Policies that impact” and finally “Facilitation of Public Health Activities”. Practical examples are cited to illustrate points along with practical tips and useful activities and case study examples to help the reader understand points and explore issues in their own area. The book integrates the 3 different approaches to public health with the 4 key principles and 10 occupational standards. This is a well written book that is likely to become an 'essential text' for many and find itself on reading lists for pre-registration nursing courses as well as other public health courses. This is comprehensive textbook on public health will be a useful resource for teachers and practitioners engaged in public health as well as students." (Journal of Community Nursing)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405155199
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/2/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Lesley Coles is a Lecturer in Public health in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, at the University of Southampton.

Elizabeth Porter is a Lecturer in Public Health Practice and Health Visiting in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, at the University of Southampton.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Tour Guide.

Section 1: Assessment of public health needs.

1. Assessing and Identifying Health Needs: theories and frameworks for practice.

2. Health Needs Assessment :appraising and measuring need.

3. Needs Assessment.

Section 2: Management of public health needs.

4. Collaborative Working: organisational development for community participation.

5. Partnerships for Public Health: user involvement to improve health and wellbeing.

6. Partnerships for Pulic Health: professional involvement to improve health and wellbeing.

7. Communication and You.

Section 3: Public Health Policies and their Impact on Practice.

8. Appraising and Influencing Health Policy and Strategy.

9. Strategic Leadership for Health and Wellbeing.

10. Health Protection and the Role of the Public Health Nurse.

11. Research and Development: analysis and interpretation of evidence.

12. Quality and Risk Management in Primary Care Settings.

Section 4: Facilitation of Public Health Activities.

13. Quality and Risk Management: safe guarding children and vulnerable groups.

14. Developing Programmes, Services and Reducing Inequalities.

15. Programme Planning for Health Education.

16. Ethically Managing Self, People and Resources to Improve the Health and Wellbeing of Patients and Clients in the Community.

Glossary of terms.

Index

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