A main focus of FPH is to set standards for the public health workforce, particularly the specialist workforce, in order to improve and protect the health and wellbeing of the population. Public health measures are known to improve health and wellbeing and prevention is recognised as key to delivering the aspirations of the NHS. Life expectancy of the population is rising, chronic and lifestyle diseases are increasing, international disease continue to threaten the public (e.g. Ebola) and the health and social care sectors are under severe strain.  Download the workforce strategy here.