CIEH to publish Environmental Workforce Survey results

 8 July 2015 

EH Futures 

As part of the EH Futures programme, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) is due to release results from the Environmental Workforce Survey 2014/15 at the end of July.  

Over the past year the CIEH has undertaken a questionnaire survey and has been interviewing Environmental Health Managers working within Local Authorities in England, asking them for their thoughts on what has happened to the profession over the past few years and what they see for the future. 

Sharon Smith, CIEH’s Regional Stakeholder Manager and Project Lead for the survey, said that the motive behind conducting the Workforce Survey was to help CIEH build a reliable picture of environmental health services being delivered across the local authority sector in England.  

“Since 2010 there have been extensive cuts to public services and in particular, environmental health provisions have been reduced often to ‘tipping point’, impacting on their resilience and sustainability,” said Sharon Smith.  

"This situation hasn’t been helped by the recent announcement that an additional £200m is going to be cut from the public health budget and this is extremely worrying. 

“We conducted the survey as part of a wider programme to understand what the impact of these cuts will be on the capacity of the environmental health workforce over the next 10-15 years from people working on the front-line.” 

The CIEH will use the results from the survey, along with the other elements of the EH Futures programme, to highlight to key decision makers the contribution of environmental health, as well as the impacts these changes are having on the health of England’s local communities. 

Results from the Environmental Workforce Survey are expected to be released in full at the end of July 2015 on the CIEH website, supported by a press release and posts on CIEH social media channels.  

For more information visit the EH Futures website or email Sharon Smith: 

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