The assessment of applicants’ portfolios is a key part of the regulatory process. The Registration Panel is accountable to the Registration Approval Committee and is composed of assessors. The Chair of the Panel will not be a member of any assessment team.
The Registration Panel meets regularly to review the recommendations of assessors and then makes recommendations to the Registration Approval Committee for final decision on admission to the Register. The Registration Panel receives advice from its moderators whose aim is to help ensure consistent and robust judgements during the assessment process. Progress reports from the moderators are presented regularly to the Registration Approval Committee.
Assessment for Public Health Specialists
Assessors for the public health specialists routes are appointed from a variety of backgrounds: medical, non-medical and independent. All assessors require appropriate experience in assessment and must have worked in their field at a senior level in a service, managerial or academic areas. Some assessors are members or fellows of the Faculty of Public Health and have experience of examining candidates for the Faculty of Public Health part B exam.
Assessment for Public Health Practitioners
With practitioner registration the assessment process is devolved to within the practitioners’ region. After completion of assessment the application is referred to a regional verification panel that will then make recommendations on eligibility for practitioner registration direct to the UKPHR Registration Panel. In this case the UKPHR Registration Panel’s role will be ensuring that standards are consistent across the devolved schemes and across the UK as a whole. Within its remit the UKPHR Registration Panel has the right to quality assure any part of the process.
Moderation is integral to the quality assurance of assessment. Moderators are accountable to the UKPHR Registrar; their views must be considered by the Registration Panel and Local Scheme Coordinator/Verification Panel (for practitioner assessments). They help ensure that assessment is robust, consistent and fair, assist with the interpretation of standards; provide support for assessors (advice on request at any time and input at assessor development sessions); and produce written guidance. Moderators sample assessments and provide feedback to assessors, either on randomly selected portfolios concurrently with assessment; or retrospectively at the request of the Registration Panel/Verification Panel prior to completion of assessment.