12th March 2013
“Toyota is a knowledge business.”
This is a remark made by the President of Toyota emphasising the importance of knowledge and not technology to a successful organisation.
Public Health is also a knowledge business, if any part of healthcare, health improvement or health protection is, because although we use technology such as antibiotics and screening tests it is our knowledge about when to use them that is our most valuable resource.
To highlight the importance of knowledge, particularly the type of knowledge gained by experience, Sir Muir Gray and colleagues in Public Health England have started a new initiative called Public Health Experience, which will document the experiences of Public Health professionals like yourself.
The Knowledge will be harvested in the form of an unstructured case report that should no longer than two sides of A4 with the following information:
- What was the population health problem?
- Why did you decide to tackle it?
- What did you do?
- Why did you choose this approach?
- What was the outcome?
- What were the principle lessons learned?
- Are there papers available?
If you are interested in submitting a case report, and we hope you will be, please submit them online at http://www.publichealthexperience.com/submit-a-case-report.php.
If you have any questions or need more information please feel free to contact Thomas Brice ([email protected]gmail.com) and Anant Jani ([email protected]gmail.com).