The environmental health practitioner: new evidence-based roles in housing, public health and well-being

Stewart, Jill ORCID logoORCID: and Bourn, Camilla (2013) The environmental health practitioner: new evidence-based roles in housing, public health and well-being. Perspectives in Public Health, 133 (6) . pp. 325-329. ISSN 1757-9139 [Article] (doi:10.1177/1757913913491366)


Since the Victorian public health acts, the now named environmental health practitioner (EHP) (previously public health inspector or environmental health officer) has been pivotal in providing healthier housing through a range of policy initiatives and legislative requirements. The role of the practitioner has changed substantially in the past decade, particularly as the public health and well-being agendas have brought focus to the socio-economic determinants of health, including housing, with a renewed vision of tackling the most acute health inequalities through evidence-based practice and taking a population-based approach. The now established Housing Health and Safety Rating System has enabled a far greater focus on evidence than previously. However, for many households on low incomes living in owner-occupied and privately rented housing the situation is inequitable and, for many, has negative health effects. The private-sector housing renewal budget has been discontinued and the allied housing and social care resource has been cut. As a result, EHPs and colleagues need to promote the importance of their work at every opportunity as Public Health England came into being in 2013 and public health has been transferred from the National Health Service to local authorities. This presents both opportunities and challenges in demonstrating the effectiveness of housing strategies and interventions by fine-tuning arguments for securing greater resources through joint strategic needs assessments presented to health and well-being boards.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): environmental health, housing and health, housing and well-being, home safety, healthy housing
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology
Item ID: 21725
Depositing User: Jennifer Basford
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2013 17:46
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 15:02

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