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.
UKPHR Framework and Guidance for Applicants Assessors & Verifiers
Introduction to the Route to Registration for Public Health Practitioners
UKPHR Supporting Information
Practitioner Registration Application Form
Practitioner Application Verification Form
Setting up a Scheme
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.
Across the UK, many thousands of practitioners work to protect and improve the health and well-being of communities and individuals and reduce inequities. They are responsible for some of the most important health and social gains in the UK. Their roles are multidisciplinary and they are responsible for individual and population level interventions including sensitive and deeply personal issues. The UK Faculty of Public Health (FPH) and UKPHR are united in the belief that a registered public health practitioner workforce and its continued professional development are crucial for the delivery of effective public health outcomes. Click here to read a joint letter to all UK Directors of Public Health.
Follow the link for our publication, Public health practitioners in the UK for further information.
What is Public Health Practitioner registration?
We register practitioners who have demonstrated their competence in public health practice. In this way, the public, employers and commissioners of public health services know that practitioners who are registered are safe and effective in what they do. Registration provides assurance, public protection and recognition of achievement.
What is the process?
Practitioners undergo a rigorous process of assessment and verification by trained public health professionals. Competence is judged across 12 defined standards covering:
- Professional and ethical practice (standards 1-4)
- Technical competences in public health (standards 5-8)
- Application of technical competences in practice (standard 9)
- Underpinning skills and knowledge (standards 10-12)
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 Skills for Health Careers Framework index 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. Currently, there are only ten such schemes in the UK and you need to work in the region the schemes cover in order to participate. The ten 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.Areas shaded in green are those with a registration scheme in place.
At the scheme level you will compile a portfolio which is assessed to demonstrate your knowledge, understanding and application of the UKPHR Practitioner Standards. 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. Once you are recommended for registration by your scheme, you can proceed to submit your application to UKPHR at the national level.
- East Midlands
- East of England
- Kent, Surrey & Sussex
- Thames Valley
- Public Health Wales
- North East
- West Midlands
- South West
- Scottish Boards
The East Midlands scheme is currently not recruiting any new cohorts. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries.
Areas covered: Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Northampton
Scheme coordinator: Alix Sheppard
Areas covered: Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Milton Keynes
Scheme coordinator: Emma Lacey
Areas covered: Kent, Surrey & Sussex
Scheme coordinator and primary contact: Emma Lacey
2014 – North Central and East London pilot which ended in July 2016
Scheme coordinator: Branwen Thomas
Areas covered: Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Milton Keynes
Organisational Development Team
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: Angela Ellins
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: Deb Lear
Areas covered: Devon, Plymouth, Torbay, Somerset, North Somerset, Wiltshire, BANES, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Cornwall
Karen McGuigan (Lanarkshire)Karen.McGuigan@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk
Clare Black (Ayrshire & Arran) Clare.Black@aapct.scot.nhs.uk
Heather Sloan (Greater Glasgow & Clyde) email@example.com
Alison McGrory (Highland) firstname.lastname@example.org
Carol Stewart (Dumfries & Galloway) email@example.com
Joanne Riach (Grampian) firstname.lastname@example.org
Helen Smart (Lothian) Helen.Smart@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk
Aileen McCraw (Borders) email@example.com
Allyson McCollam (Borders) firstname.lastname@example.org
Shirley Marr (Borders) Shirley.email@example.com
Areas covered: Ayrshire & Arran, Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Highland, Lanarkshire, Borders, Dumfries & Galloway, Lothian and Grampian
What are the benefits?
- Registered practitioners benefit through securing objective recognition of their achievements, maintaining and enhancing their competence and developing future career options.
Click on the links below to hear first hand the experience of practitioner registration by our registered public health practitioners:
- Employers and commissioners of public health services benefit through relying on a process which meets their due diligence requirements. Registration signals that the practitioner is competent and fully understands the essentials of the public health role. We want more employers and commissioners to specify that registration is a required quality standard.
- The public benefits through knowing that competence, integrity and accountability in public health practice is assured, it can be checked for on a public register – and there is someone to complain to if things go wrong.
- E-portfolio resources for practitioners
- E-portfolio resources for assessors
- E-portfolio resources for verifiers
- E-portfolio resources for mentors
- E-portfolio resources for writing testimonials
- The benefits of e-portfolios
- Logging in for the first time
- Uploading commentary, evidence and submitting Indicators for assessment
- Uploading supporting documents (e.g. CV, JD)
- Communicating with your assessor
- Addressing clarifications
- Addressing resubmissions and partial acceptances
- Applying for verification: references and testimonials
- Applying for verification: certificates, JD and CV
- Applying for verification: uploading the application form
- Downloading the assessment log
- Logging in and finding your applicant
- Changing your password and uploading a picture
- Setting up system alerts
- Downloading the assessment log
- Navigating the practitioner’s course folder
- Making an assessment decision
- Use of the privacy box
- Changing an assessment decision or editing comments
- Contacting your practitioner via the e-portfolio system
- Assessing supporting information
- Completing the assessor overview
- Using the forum
- What to do if your practitioner self-elects a resubmission
- Breach of confidentiality
- Logging in and finding your practitioner
- Changing your password and uploading your picture
- Communicating with the assessor via message centre
- Navigating the e-portfolio
- Downloading the assessment log
- Initial check of course folder and signing off application for verification
- Verifying supporting documents (CV, JD, reference etc.)
- Introduction to sampling evidence
- Sampling evidence in the e-portfolio
- Making a verification decision
- Completing verifier comments/overview of portfolio