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PHAST courses

PHAST courses 2016

In 2016 the Faculty of Public Health will be holding a series of courses in association with the Public Health Action Support Team (PHAST) which will cover a range of topics from health promotion and media training through to career development. Below is a list of the current courses available. For further information or to book a place please contact Marion Deacon at

Influencing Without Authority

Date: 22/01/2016
The ability to effectively influence stakeholders is a core skill required by all public health professionals, and the overall objective of this course is to equip participants to find their leadership space in the public health sector and step into it so that they can actively influence decisions which impact them.

The training is offered with an action-learning approach to support learning and development and allows participants to apply their learning to their current workload. The training is based on typical examples experienced within public health settings that reflect the challenges that public health professionals are facing and address the challenges of working in a politically sensitive environment.

For further information please visit the PHAST website

Health Economics – Achieving Value in Hellish Times

Date: 05/02/2016
Health economics is one of the population sciences - it focuses on value and a means of making decisions between competing choices in a world of opportunity cost. It is a core component of population health care. As such it is an essential part of the armoury of the public health profession. It can be a complex field, however, and often difficult to engage with. This workshop will focus on demystifying some of the core concepts and their application in day-to-day settings.

For further information please visit the PHAST website

Obesity – Prevention and Intervention

Date: 04/03/2016
This course is primarily aimed at frontline staff working with children and young people who are above a healthy weight or at risk of becoming overweight or obese. This includes GPs, practice nurses, healthcare assistants, pharmacists, school nurses, health visitors, community health providers and teachers and includes staff who work with adults, children and ante/postnatal women.

For further information please visit the PHAST website

Transformational Leadership

Date: 16/03/2016
Transformational leadership is a style of leadership that attracts willing followers. A key skill involved in transformational leadership is being able to communicate an inspiring vision that boldly challenges the status quo and motivates people to want to make a contribution to the greater good. The transformational leader therefore brings meaning into people’s lives, instils pride in followers and acts as a powerful role-model in delivering substantial change.

For further information please visit the PHAST website

Health Promotion Masterclass

Date: 08/04/2016
Purpose: to provide the knowledge base for KH9 – theoretical models and principles of health promotion practise and their application to public health.

For further information please visit the PHAST website

Advanced Report Writing

Date: 15/04/2016
This course is designed for experienced report writers who are required to write complex reports and are looking to produce more effective documents to ensure they are read, understood and acted upon by decision makers within or outside the organisation. It is designed to be highly interactive and give delegates a chance to review issues relating to reports they are currently producing. There will be the opportunity to have one-to-one sessions.

For further information please visit the PHAST website

Getting to Grips With Your Own Career Development and Working With Others Using MBTI

Date: 22/04/2016
This course is designed for anyone who feels they would like some time to reflect on where they are going in their career, how to make the best of their current role and how to put together a meaningful personal development plan. This includes those starting out, those thinking about  whether to specialise or take a management-type promotion and those planning a meaningful retirement.

For further information please visit the PHAST website

Media Training Masterclass

Date: 13/05/2016
Paul Richards has trained senior civil servants and public officials (for example, from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) ahead of the census publication and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs), cabinet ministers dealing with crises, and many other public figures.

For further information please visit the PHAST website

Infographics – Visualising Your Data for Maximum Impact

Date: 20/05/2016
This course is designed for public health professionals who would like to develop their skills in creating infographics. The emphasis of the course is on practical, hands-on learning about how to create infographics in order to maximise impact and audience engagement. It has been designed to be highly interactive and practical, focusing on the use of PowerPoint and Piktochart to design materials applicable to public health.

There will be the opportunity to have one-to-one discussions about delegates' current or future projects and how infographics can be incorporated.

For further information please visit the PHAST website

Social Media With Confidence

Date: 03/06/2016
Hashtags and retweets, going viral and shouting out - social media is everywhere and changing the world and our lexicon, yet 10 years ago it did not exist.  It comes in different flavours and each has its own strengths, opportunities and, of course, risks. Social media is entering our everyday lives, invited and uninvited, both professionally and privately.

This workshop explores the uses, opportunities and risks of social media, offering real-time demonstrations and hands-on experience to guide participants in using social media or a new channel, or to develop their understanding of one they already know.

For further information please visit the PHAST website

Creating and Presenting a Business Case

Date: 10/06/2016
This one-day workshop is aimed at those aiming to take on a public health consultant role who need to be able to formulate and present a sound business case to key stakeholders to gain their backing for new initiatives.

For further information please visit the PHAST website