Practice Examples

Practice examples aim to share the learning from public health practitioners’ experience of developing and implementing public health programmes and projects. 

They embed local, regional and national descriptions of service practice or service case studies, bringing together public health practitioners’ rich sources of knowledge on evidence and intelligence. You can watch this brief video for an overview of the background and coverage of the collections (runtime 03.10; click here for transcript).

*NEW* Community champions: a rapid scoping review of community champion approaches for the pandemic response and recovery

This rapid scoping review pulls together existing research on community champions and considers the potential for community champion approaches to be used to support the pandemic response and recovery. It summarises the best available evidence from previous UK champion programmes focused on health improvement and from international studies of champion-type roles in communicable disease control.

Overall, findings show that champion approaches are highly relevant to reducing health inequalities as champions are able to reach and connect with different communities. Community champion approaches can be applied flexibly to meet local needs and assets, and there are range of different models that can be used. The review also highlights evidence on what’s needed for successful implementation. Examples from practice are used to illustrate and strengthen these findings wherever possible.

Public Health Practice Examples

Community-centred and asset-based approaches
Outcomes from these approaches include increased social connectedness, empowerment, participation, cohesion, resilience and social capital. These community level outcomes help protect our health and buffer against disease.
This collection also includes:
Community-centred public health: taking a whole system approach
A case study of community-centred approaches in practice (Bromley-by-Bow)
The role of volunteering in community-centred public health system – case studies with the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)

Health inequalities: place-based approaches to reduce inequalities
The place-based approaches for reducing health inequalities aims to reinforce a common understanding of the complex causes and costs of health inequalities, and provide a practical framework and tools for places to reduce health inequalities.

Health inequalities for older populations in rural and coastal areas
These practice examples provide evidence on the health inequalities experienced by older populations in coastal and rural areas, together with considerations to reduce inequalities and promote healthy ageing in these areas.

Musculoskeletal health
Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions or musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) is a term used to include a broad range of health conditions affecting the bones, joints, muscles and spine.

Provider Public Health Network
A group of public health professionals who work in or closely with NHS provider organisations.

Screening programmes
Screening identifies apparently healthy people who may be at increased risk of a disease or condition, enabling earlier treatment or informed decisions.

Sexual and reproductive health: adapting services in response to COVID-19
These examples capture how sexual and reproductive health services have adapted during the COVID-19 response with a particular focus on changes put in place to meet the needs of less well served populations. 

World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Public Health Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions at Public Health England’s Chief Nurse Directorate
The collaborating centre’s work focuses on the application of evidence based public health into practice for nursing, midwifery and allied health professions.
The collection includes:
Case studies

Practice examples

Yorkshire & the Humber Centre
Within the Yorkshire & the Humber Centre efforts have been made to ensure that completed projects and pieces of work designed to tackle health inequalities are written up in brief and made available to access. 


Supporting Documents

  • Template – please complete all questions. Suggested word counts are for guidance only.
  • Checklist – this ensures the completed practice example is relevant, of good quality and has no conflicts of interest.
  • Feedback form – if you are responsible for collecting a selection of practice examples, feedback can be provided to the submitter using this form.

For community-centred and asset-based approaches (CABA), additional documents are available:

  • Template – including the family of interventions.
  • Criteria – is my project community-centred?
  • Process – guidance document for the process of collecting examples. This is based on the CABA experience, but can also be used as a guide for other work areas.


Further Collections

If your area of interest is not covered by the current UKHSA practice example collection, you may find these other websites useful.

Cambridge Institute of Public Health The case studies of public health policy impact, listed on the left, span an array of disciplines, and feature University of Cambridge researchers at various career levels engaging with policy at local to international levels. We hope that they will inspire and encourage researchers to think about knowledge exchange and how they can maximise the impact of their work. And we hope that everyone can appreciate our collective potential for impact on public health and wellbeing.
Everyday Interactions case studies – Royal Society for Public Health These case studies provide examples of the Everyday Interactions’ Impact Pathways in practice
eWIN – NHS workforce information network Sharing initiatives and best practice related to workforce development, efficiency and productivity.
Implementing MECC Health Education England sought examples of local MECC training delivery, service evaluation, case studies and any local reviews of MECC delivery.
Institute of Health Visiting This resource of ten shortlisted good practice case studies is just a small representation of the great work that health visitors are doing throughout the country – they showcase high quality care in a number of different settings, demonstrating the “art of the possible”.
Local Government Association Innovation in local government is about improving the lives of the people in our communities. Browse through our case studies to see the many innovative programmes councils are involved in. See also: Covid-19 council case study collection.
NHS Health Check Programme These case studies discuss weighted financial remuneration, and are aimed at commissioners and providers.
NHS RightCare Casebooks One of the ways we are sharing best practice is through local examples of commissioning innovations which show the philosophy behind NHS RightCare or showcases the tools available through the programme.
NICE Shared Learning Case Studies Over 500 examples showing how our guidance and standards can improve local health and social care services.
NIHR Public Health Practice Evaluation Scheme The Public Health Practice Evaluation Scheme (PHPES) provides an opportunity for people working in public health to work with the National Institute for Health Research’s School for Public Health Research to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of innovative initiatives aimed at improving health.
Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) Case studies resources and services, including a Prevention Library.
Think Local Act Personal TLAP are a national partnership of more than 50 organisations committed to transforming health and care through personalisation and community-based support.
What Works Wellbeing – Practice Examples We work with leading researchers to produce the best available evidence. But we are more than just a research centre: we bring decision-makers, researchers, practitioners and academics together to turn evidence into action.


If you have any questions or would like to submit a practice example, please get in touch with Rachel Gledhill (

Last Updated on 30th September 2021 by rgledhill

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