UKPHR currently checks that registrants continue to maintain their competence after qualification and/or entry onto the register by way of a system of five-yearly re-registration.
In many ways re-registration is already a form of revalidation but UKPHR has studied revalidation systems relevant to some other healthcare professionals and concluded that a more formal revalidation scheme is a necessary development. This is so that the public, registrants and registrants’ employers and commissioners can continue to be assured that public health professionals who are registered do keep up their knowledge and competence and continue to be fit to practise.
With this in mind, UKPHR established a task & finish group in the summer of 2015 with a remit to make recommendations to UKPHR’s Board by the summer of 2016 on the design and implementation of a revalidation scheme for all UKPHR’s registrants.
UKPHR’s Board at its meeting on the 28th February 2017 approved the revalidation scheme policy recommended by the task and finish group and proposed timetable for the introduction of revalidation to all UKPHR registrants. The following news release was published.
The next steps involved 6 months of UKPHR raising awareness and communicating revalidation requirements to registrants and stakeholders, followed by a pilot of the scheme for a further 6 months, seeking volunteer registrants who were due to re-register under the current arrangements within the same time frame. Following a review of the scheme in light of evaluation of the piloting, it is estimated that the phased introduction of mandatory revalidation will begin in Autumn 2018.
In April 2017, UKPHR published its guidance on revalidation.
In August 2017, UKPHR guest blogged for the Royal Society for Public Health on the importance and impact of revalidation.
As a result of the evaluation of the pilot, UKPHR published second and current editions of its policy and guidance in July 2018.
UKPHR’s Board at its meeting on the 3rd July agreed a revalidation launch date for all specialist registrants from the 1st April. It was also agreed that Revalidation for all practitioner registrants will be delayed until appropriate arrangements are in place to support practitioners with professional appraisal.
In this section of our website you can keep up to date with the work of the task & finish group. Click here to read:
- Terms of reference of the revalidation task & finish group
- Agendas for meetings of the revalidation task & finish group
- Minutes of the meetings of the revalidation task & finish group
- UKPHR’s summary reports of progress towards developing a revalidation scheme.
- Registration and Revalidation survey
- Revalidation consultation report
In the meantime, UKPHR’s system of five-yearly re-registration continues to apply and will be rigorously applied by UKPHR.