Our proposal for the East Sussex Health Promotion Resources Service

Closed 17 Oct 2021

Opened 15 Sep 2021


We want to hear from people working in health promotion about our proposal to stop offering hard copy resources through the East Sussex Health Promotion Resource Service

The consultation is open to people who are currently registered to use the service and those who are not. The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete.

If you need the survey in another format or language please get in touch.

Why your views matter

The service offers free high quality resources  to anyone in East Sussex whose role includes health promotion. The resources are currently available online, printable and in hard copy. 

What would change?

Currently, registered users are able to order free hard copy health promotion resources across a range of subject areas for delivery. 

From 1 April 2022, we are proposing to: 

  • stop offering hard copy health promotion resources to registered users, and instead only offer resources in online access or download formats. 

We would make an exception for hard copies of locally produced fuel poverty resources, as these continue to be ordered in large numbers.  

Why are we proposing to make these changes? 

Since the service was introduced in 2014 the way that society accesses information and resources has changed considerably. Similarly the way that health promotion professionals work with people is changing; for example, signposting to online information and downloadable resources and the use of social media. 

Data monitoring since 2018/19 has shown that the number of registered users placing orders and the number of hard copy resources they have ordered has consistently decreased each year. Whilst COVID-19 will have affected people's use of the service we think that the shift away from hard copy resources will continue. 

A large number of these hard copy resources are produced, and also made available, by national organisations (sometimes at a cost). Therefore, one of the challenges of hosting a hard copy health promotion catalogue locally is ensuring that the resources are kept up-to-date as national guidance and evidence changes. Putting this time and effort into a resource that has increasingly limited use does not make sense. 

Moving to an online-only catalogue would save time and money, and ensure that people are signposted directly to national websites where users can be confident in accessing the most up-to-date and evidence-based information.

What happens next? 

What you tell us will help us to understand the impact of our proposal on health promotion work in East Sussex. We can then amend our proposal if needed before a final decision is made by the Public Health senior management team.  

Privacy information: This survey is anonymous and we don't ask you to provide any personal information. Please ensure that any comments you make don't include any names or personal details of you or anyone else. You can find more information about how the data will be stored and processed by East Sussex County Council on our website.


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