Public health practitioners are key members of the public health workforce and can have a great influence on the health and wellbeing of individuals, groups, communities and populations. They work across the full breadth of public health from health improvement and health protection, to health information, community development, and nutrition, in a wide range of settings from the NHS and local government to the voluntary, and private sectors.
Follow the link for our publication, Public health practitioners in the UK for further information.
The standards for practitioner registration are set out in UKPHR Practitioner Standards 14 and these standards are conveniently summarised in our standards table. These standards were developed using the Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework as the source document and also drawn from both the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework and the National Occupational Standards for Public Health, and they are fully supported by the Faculty of Public Health. The standards are intended for individuals who are already working as public health professionals at Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework level 5 or above.
The UKPHR cannot accept direct applications from individuals wishing to apply for Practitioner registration. Individuals wishing to apply need to go through a quality assured local assessment scheme. After completion of assessment the application is referred to a regional verification panel who will then make recommendations on eligibility for practitioner registration direct to the UKPHR Registration Panel.
Currently, there are only eleven such schemes in the UK and you need to work in the region the schemes cover in order to participate. The eleven schemes are in the tabs below. Individuals can however get involved in setting up a scheme locally or regionally. If you are interested in developing a scheme in your area please contact us.
- East Midlands
- East of England
- Kent, Surrey & Sussex
- North Central and East London
- Thames Valley
- Public Health Wales
- North East
- West Midlands
- South West
- Scottish Boards
Scheme coordinator: Maxine Lazzari
Areas covered: Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Northampton
Scheme coordinator: Alix Sheppard
Areas covered: Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk
Scheme coordinator: Emma Lacey
Areas covered: Kent, Surrey & Sussex
Scheme coordinator: Anisha Wadhwani
Areas covered:Barnet, Enfield, Haringey, Camden, Islington, Hackney, City, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Redbridge, Newham, Barking & Dagenham and Havering
Scheme coordinator: Branwen Thomas
Areas covered: Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Milton Keynes
Scheme coordinator: Kelly McFadyen
Areas covered: Wales. The scheme is open to requests for support from practitioners in Northern Ireland
Scheme coordinator: Em Rahman
Areas covered: Hampshire, Isle of Wight & Dorset
Scheme coordinator: Jonathan Ling
Areas covered: Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton-On-Tees, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Darlington, Durham, Sunderland, Newcastle, Gateshead, South Tyneside, North Tyneside and Northumberland Local Authorities
Scheme coordinator: Sally James
Areas covered: Hereford & Worcester, Birmingham & Solihull, Black Country, Coventry & Warwickshire, Shropshire & Staffordshire
Scheme coordinator: Mark Jefferies
Areas covered: Devon, Plymouth, Torbay, Somerset, North Somerset, Wiltshire, BANES, Bristol, South Gloucestershire
Karen McGuigan (Lanarkshire)Karen.McGuigan@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk
Clare Black (Ayrshire & Arran) Clare.Black@aapct.scot.nhs.uk
Julie Truman (Greater Glasgow & Clyde) firstname.lastname@example.org
Alison McGrory (Highland) email@example.com
Carol Stewart (Dumfries & Galloway) firstname.lastname@example.org
Caroline Comerford (Grampian) email@example.com
Aisha Chaudhary (Lothian) firstname.lastname@example.org
Aileen McCraw (Borders) email@example.com
Areas covered: Ayrshire & Arran, Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Highland, Lanarkshire, Borders, Dumfries & Galloway, Lothian and Grampian
The UKPHR Framework and Guidance for Practitioner Registration has been updated. The standards have not changed, but the revised guidance provides clearer information about the requirements for registration. It also introduces an additional assessment outcome, “partial acceptance”, for use by assessors in certain circumstances. The revised Guidance is operational with immediate effect, as it is consistent with the previous version. If applicants, assessors and/or verifiers have any queries or concerns regarding the revision, these should be directed to local scheme coordinators, who will bring these to the attention of the UKPHR moderation team.