December 2017 – update
UKPHR’s Board made important decisions at its September meeting. They included timescales for introducing a new portfolio assessment route for public health specialists and the beginning of the end of the RSS (Recognition of Specialist Status) and defined specialist portfolio assessment routes.
UKPHR’s Board followed up with further significant decisions at its November meeting. These included:
- Approval of the framework of competencies for the new portfolio assessment route;
- Agreement that Part A exam passes will be an optional way of proving all the knowledge competencies;
- Ongoing reliance on eligibility criteria, references and testimonials;
- A currency of evidence requirement (at least 50 per cent within 5 years);
- Establishment of an implementation group to oversee the programme of work set by the Board.
As a consequence of the Board’s decisions, UKPHR is today publishing the framework of competencies.
Acting Lead Moderator Judith Hooper has agreed to chair the implementation group. Other representation on this group will include UKPHR’s Board, existing assessors from around the UK and the Faculty of Public Health.
UKPHR’s Board reaffirmed its ambition to develop an E-portfolio for use in connection with the Specialist registration by portfolio assessment. UKPHR has started work on the development of this E-portfolio.
October 2017 – update
UKPHR’s Board at its September meeting announced the following decisions regarding specialist routes to registration.
- A date (01 September 2018) for opening a route we are calling Specialist registration by portfolio;
- and a date (31 August 2019) for closing our RSS and defined specialist routes.
For further information, please read the following news item.
August 2017 – update
We have published a report of the consultation responses received. This report sets out the results of this consultation in terms of responses received and main messages from respondents.
In light of the possible introduction of a new equivalence retrospective portfolio route we have published an informal tips documents to help prospective defined specialist portfolio applicants write their retrospective portfolio to conform closely to the requirements of the assessment process. This speeds up the time taken to journey through the assessment and thus to registration.
There will be some critical dates determined by the Board as the possibility of a new equivalence retrospective portfolio route is introduced. Applicants should be fully aware of these in considering their options/preparing to submit. This webpage will be updated with any such information.
July 2017 – update
Our consultation on significant proposals to change routes to registration for public health specialists closed on 7th July. We received over 100 responses. We consulted on retaining the Standard Route (for those successfully completing the Public Health Specialty Training Programme), a proposed ending of the two current retrospective portfolio assessment routes (Recognition of Specialist Status and Defined Specialist) and the creation of a single retrospective portfolio assessment route based more closely on the 2015 Public Health Specialty Training Curriculum. As befits such a significant proposal for change, the consultation ran for 13 weeks. We shall publish soon a report of the consultation responses received and our Board will consider the responses before making final decisions on this subject in September.
March 2017 – update
In 2015 the task & finish group set up by UKPHR to consider the issue of a new route to register for specialists in summary concluded that there was a continuing rationale for the existence of a portfolio route to registration and proposed that:
- There should be a single public health specialist route, alternative to the Public Health Specialty Training Programme, to replace the two current retrospective portfolio assessment routes for generalist specialists (Recognition of Specialist Status, or “RSS”) and defined specialists respectively.
- A non-standard training route to the register should continue to exist based on the 2015 Curriculum; it should be reviewed against the revised Public Health Skills & Knowledge Framework as and when revised (the revised Framework was published in November 2016).
- The default form for applications would be electronic.
- The entry criteria for application would be defined, possibly by reference to a number of years’ practice in public health.
- References and testimonials should be required in support of applications by this route.
- There should be a requirement that at least some evidence presented should be current, with the currency requirements set out in the new route.
- UKPHR should work with others to develop the concept of “credentialing”, (as this term is used by the General Medical Council) as a form of recognition of expertise in discrete areas of public health practice.
- Views should be sought on what weight should be given to passing Part A and Part B exams.
In 2016 we consulted widely on these proposals and received 104 responses. These showed that there was strong support for the task & finish group’s thinking. Where the task & finish group expressed no settled view of its own, the responses received were fairly evenly balanced between two or more different positions.
Many respondents augmented the answers they gave with additional comments which were informed and considerate. The task & finish group was greatly aided by the responses received and later in 2016 a contractor was engaged by the group to draft a set of competencies in order to show what the new route to registration might look like in practice.
These draft competencies have now been drawn up and form the basis of our latest consultation with the primary aim to seek views on the fitness for purpose of the draft framework. This consultation opened on the 30th March 2017 and closes on 7th July 2017. To take part in this consultation, please click here.
The following documents provide further information on the new proposed framework.
Annex A – background paper to explain the process we have undertaken and the options which we have considered
Annex B – draft of the framework for the proposed new route to registration
Annex C – a short overview of changes in our remit and processes to date
Table 1 – Knowledge base for UKPHR specialist retrospective portfolio assessment against current Knows How
Table 2 – Shows How Competencies for UKPHR specialist portfolio assessment against current Defined Specialist Shows How
UKPHR currently accepts applications for registration as a public health specialist through four routes: Standard, Dual registration, defined specialist and Recognition of Specialist Status (RSS – for which UKPHR’s prior permission to proceed is required).
Click to read the application forms:
In respect of defined specialist and RSS applications, the route to registration involves UKPHR in retrospective portfolio assessment. The standards against which applicants’ portfolios are assessed were set by collaborative efforts of many public health partner organisations several years ago. UKPHR has decided that it is time for the routes to registration to be reviewed and, where appropriate, the standards to be revisited.
With this in mind, UKPHR established a task & finish group in the summer of 2015 with a remit to review these routes to registration for specialists, to receive and consider comments and critiques from group members and stakeholders about their fitness for purpose and to report options for change going forward to UKPHR’s Board.
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 for the routes to register task & finish group
- Agendas for meetings of the routes to register task & finish group
- Minutes of the meetings of the routes to register task & finish group
- Summary Reports
- Registration and Revalidation survey
In the meantime, UKPHR continues to accept applications for registration as a public health specialist by all four existing routes.