Health professionals portfolio


Community health workers in Uganda

C3’s Pat Hughes is a member of the project steering group of a THET-funded Community Health Worker (CHW) programme in Uganda, led by Nottingham Trent University and Makerere University, Kampala. The programme will educate and motivate CHWs and their supervisors. Excellent progress is being made – over 300 CHWs have been trained, and the mid-term review has been very positive. C3 hosted a steering-group meeting in June 2016 to discuss evaluation and dissemination.


First Impressions Count

Using a radically different approach to workplace health, the First Impressions Count campaign raised awareness of personal health and wellbeing in the NHS workforce through a social-marketing campaign. 

Certain unhealthy behaviours are highly visible (i.e., obesity or smoking). When demonstrated by health staff, these behaviours detract from the credibility of their health promotion conversations with patients and may make them less willing to raise health promotion issues. Building on evidence that motivation is key to behaviour change, this project explored health professionals’ motivation to ‘practise what they preach’. 

C3, along with project lead London South Bank University and project partner Younger Lives, was recognised through a Health Innovation Network Award for our involvement with this initiative. Lessons learned were instrumental to the success of C3’s subsequent project, the Healthy Weight Initiative for Nurses (WIN.)


Healthier Nursing Students intervention

This two-year study funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing was completed in December 2015. Findings indicated that nurses’ motivation to change their behaviour comes from a view that they should ‘practise what they preach’.

This concept was taken forward in a new project, the Healthy Weight Initiative for Nurses, led by C3 in collaboration with London South Bank University and the Royal College of Nursing.


Healthy Weight Initiative for Nurses (WIN.)

We led this two-year project in collaboration with London South Bank University and the Royal College of Nursing. It focused on registered nurses in England and provided a unique opportunity to hear what nurses who are obese say about their own self-care and to work with them in delivering interventions they would find most helpful. 

For more information about WIN., go to Healthy Weight Initiative for Nurses.


Improving the health and wellbeing of the NHS workforce

Through an award from the Health Foundation from 2015 to 2016, we looked at the evidence base for workplace health and wellbeing. Our focus was on one of the largest employers in the world: the UK’s National Health Service (NHS).

Completed materials include an infographic illustrating workplace health tips, a set of case studies from the NHS and businesses, a rapid review, and an expert workshop and report on workplace health’s link to productivity.

Read about the award and access the NHS workplace health package.


Including non-communicable disease in health-provider guidelines

We have been supporting the Practical Approach to Care Kit (PACK), an initiative of the University of Cape Town. PACK includes a guideline, team-based training, health-systems strengthening, and monitoring and evaluation. It is now being rolled out through South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Mali and Brazil, and we ensured that evidence-based messaging about the non-communicable disease (NCD) risk factors was included.

We were also a partner in ENS4Care, a EU-funded project promoting the use of e-health technology in prevention by nurses and social-care workers. We participated in the guidelines’ launch in December 2015 at the European Parliament, where they were well received.


Nursing diaspora: Addressing non-communicable diseases in Mubende, Uganda

Since 2012, we’ve worked closely with the Uganda Diaspora Health Foundation on initiatives in both Uganda and the United Kingdom.

Through funding from the Burdett Trust for Nursing, we completed five workshops in collaboration with the Uganda Diaspora Health Foundation in Uganda (Mubende, Kira and Kampala) from 2014 to 2015.

One of the workshops highlighted the importance of Community dialogue and engagement for non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention.

District volunteer teams (nurses, village health teams, local councillors, community workers and Uganda NCD Alliance health experts) delivered key messages on tackling non-communicable disease (NCD) risk factors. These messages were also shared by local radio stations. 60% of the 573 workshop participants said they planned to change their lifestyles because of the programme.


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