The UKPHR was established following calls by employers and employees to create a standards framework to which specialists in public health can adhere. By registering, the UKPHR recognise that you are competent to practise in your professional area of expertise. The primary reason for the UKPHR is for the protection of the general public, professional accreditation and registrants may gain the benefit of improved access to employment.
The main route to registration is through approved prospective education and training programmes run by appropriate qualifying bodies. The Board currently recognises two programmes: (1) the Faculty of Public Health and (2) Royal College of Surgeons training programme in dental public health. Following satisfactory completion of training, trainees can apply for admission to the register without further assessment.
Application forms for registration via this route are normally sent by the appropriate body on completion of training, however you can click here to download a copy.
2. Assessment for Defined Specialists. (Retrospective Portfolio Assessment)
People who register via the defined route are public health specialists who have chosen to specialise more highly in a narrower area of public health practice at some stage during their career. Defined specialists are required to show evidence of knowledge across the full breadth of public health to the same standard as generalists. In addition defined specialists will demonstrate current competencies in some particular areas of practice at a higher level than that required to be demonstrated by generalists, usually reflecting their highly specialised professional experience in service or academic environments.
The UKPHR ensures that the level of registration for defined specialists is equal to that of generalists. Defined specialists are equally eligible to apply, and to be appointed to, public health consultant and director posts in the NHS, subject to the employer being satisfied that the applicant meets the requirements of the job specification, exactly as for any other post
It is anticipated that as there are as yet no prospective standard training programmes, this will remain as an important route to the Defined arm of the Register for some time.
To apply for this route click here to download the application form and briefing pack.
Please note that the deadline to receive portfolios via this route is the 31 August 2019.
3. Dual Registration
The opportunity of entirely optional dual registration is available for those who are already on the Specialist Register of either the General Medical Council or General Dental Council in Public Health Medicine or Dental Public Health, respectively. Upon receipt of an application, verification of entry on the relevant specialist register is undertaken by UKPHR, with no further assessment being required for registration to be granted.
4. Recognition of Specialist Status: Exceptional Route (Retrospective Portfolio Assessment)
This route is for those already in senior positions who wish to apply for recognition of their status as a generalist specialist in public health. This route is called Recognition of Specialist Status (RSS). The Board requires that those who wish to apply for Recognition of Specialist Status have to seek permission to proceed because this is an exceptional route. An applicant must have held a post in public health at consultant level for three or more years and have worked for at least three years at senior strategic level. The procedure for determining requests to proceed by this route can be viewed by clicking here.
The form to seek permission from UKPHR can be found by clicking here.
Please note that this route will close from the 31 August 2019.
5. Specialist Registration by Portfolio Assessment
In September 2017, UKPHR’s Board agreed to create a portfolio retrospective assessment route to be called “Specialist registration by portfolio Assessment”, which merges its existing defined specialist portfolio and RSS routes to one equivalence route. This new route will be launched on 01 September 2018 and will require individuals to seek approval to continue to submit a portfolio for assessment by means of a pre-application process.
All documents in relation to this new route are available by clicking here.
The Faculty of Public Health (FPH) provides advice to employers and others on appointments procedures for senior public health posts at consultant level in the UK. Queries regarding employment should be directed to FPH (link below) where you will find links to relevant information.
It should be noted that simultaneous registration as a generalist and defined specialist is possible. The two arms of the Register are of equal status. Candidates can submit the appropriate portfolio for assessment to convert either way.
Multi-disciplinary public health specialists
If you wish to work as an accredited public health specialist it is advisable to be registered with the UK Public Health Register. This is a voluntary register at present but most employers require registration (for those not already regulated by the General Medical Council (GMC) or the General Dental Council (GDC)). Once on the Register you will be eligible to apply for consultant in public health posts.