Public Health Skills: A Practical Guide for Nurses and Public Health Practitioners / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $33.00
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 45%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (8) from $33.00   
  • New (5) from $48.77   
  • Used (3) from $33.00   


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.

Read More Show Less

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.
Read More Show Less

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.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents


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.


Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)