​Designing for the future: Public health to benefit from ‘design thinking’

Date: 16/08/2017 Written by: Kelly 2 minutes to read.
Support for public health

Design Council and the LGA have launched the 'Design in the Public Sector' programme in a bid to support public sector workers in applying design principles and methods to tackle social challenges. Public health professionals will be encouraged to explore how design can work towards tackling some of the biggest issues faced by our society today.

The Design in the Public Sector programme, delivered in partnership with the LGA, is a 16 week intensive programme for public sector workers focused on applying design principles and methods to tackle public sector and social challenges. More than 100 local authorities have been supported by Design Council in the past including Mendip District Council, which transformed how it provides community services with the design of a new housing and complex needs framework and Haringey Council who are looking to redesign their approach to support children leaving care.

This autumn, Design Council and the LGA are targeting public health teams and prevention will be top of the agenda. Public health professionals and people working to improve the health of the nation are encouraged to sign up and explore how design can help them tackle some our biggest societal challenges.

Social Change UK have been supporting Design Council to promote this programme and really welcome the focus on public health and prevention. Design is increasingly being recognised as a critical tool to help transform services. With increasing pressures on public health services and public sector staff there is no better time for public health professionals to sign up to this programme.

The programme will be delivered to two cohorts – the first cohort will be delivered in Leeds and the second cohort in London. Local authorities across the country are invited to apply and deadlines are 20 September for applications from local authorities in the north (wishing to attend the Leeds programme) and 29 November for local authorities willing to attend the programme hosted in London.

For more information on how to apply please visit: www.designcouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/design-public-sector.

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