Engaging the public in delivering health improvement

This research briefing considers what active citizens can do for services and how services can best engage, support and sustain a community or volunteer workforce in order to improve health outcomes. It provides practical guidance on the steps that need to be taken to redesign services and maximise the long term benefits.

This research briefing is based on evidence collected during the People in Public Health study www.leedsmet.ac.uk/health/piph. The study aimed to understand the different approaches to involving people in public health roles so that services can better identify, develop and support individuals willing to make a contribution to health in local communities and workplaces.