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The People in Public Health study was undertaken to improve our understanding of approaches to support lay people in public health roles. We wanted to find out about the different ways people are involved and what health services can do to recruit, develop and support them. We also wanted to find out the views of community members with experience of public health services delivered or led by lay people.

In Phase 1 of the study we carried out a Literature Review on the range of roles and types of approaches in use. We explored some of the issues further in Expert Hearings. Phase 1 ended with site visits to different types of projects in England. 

Phase 2 involved a small number of Case Studies of projects involving lay people. We interviewed professionals, community members active in the projects and service users.

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The aim of People in Public Health was to find out about different approaches and we hope that the study will result in shared learning and better dissemination of good practice. We have established a searchable online database of published research, projects and contacts in England.

People in Public Health: A study of approaches to develop and support lay people in public health roles is independent research commissioned by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Service Delivery and Organisation (SDO) Programme. This research programme is funded by the Department of Health.

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