Report calls for massive expansion to workforce supporting the public’s health
A new report from the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) outlines plans for a range of different occupations including cleaners, hairdressers and postal workers to support efforts to improve the public’s health.
AHPs see over 4 million patients every week and 95% of the public visit a pharmacy at least once a year. The report also identifies a new tranche of occupations who could support public health efforts including:
- 803,000 kitchen, bar and waitering staff
- 639,000 cleaners
- 452,000 public service and associate professionals such as postal workers
- 222,000 hairdressers and related services
The report shows that the public is ready to trust health promotion advice from many of these occupations, with 9 in 10 trusting the advice from pharmacists and AHPs. There is also a readiness for the public to heed lifestyle health advice from occupations who are far-removed from public health, with over half the public trusting such advice from the fire service and 1 in 4 ready to accept such advice from hairdressers and shop workers.
A separate and related report jointly published by the Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWi) and the RSPH is also out today.