This webpage is designed for you, as a public health practitioner, to inform you of the meaning of public health practitioner registration, its significance and the benefits of being registered. It also explains the registration process.
- Why register public health practitioners?
- Why should I register with UKPHR
- What process is involved in registration?
- What must I do to get started?
- What are the benefits of registration?
Public protection. Public health practitioners are key members of the public health workforce. They work to protect and improve the health and wellbeing not just of individuals, but also groups, communities and populations. They work to reduce inequities as well.
They work across the full breadth of public health: health improvement, health protection, healthcare public health, information and community development. They are to be found in public service, private businesses and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. They are responsible for some of the UK’s most important health and social gains.
The public, employers and commissioners of public health services need to know that public health practitioners are safe and effective in what they do. If you achieve registration it gives confidence, recognition and status.
UKPHR registers UK public health practitioners. You must demonstrate by a portfolio your competence in public health practice. Registration provides assurance, public protection and recognition of achievement. Competence is maintained through compulsory CPD (Continuing Professional Development) activity and revalidation every 5 years.
UKPHR registrants undergo a rigorous process of portfolio assessment and verification by trained public health professionals. Competence is judged across 12 defined standards covering:
- Professional and ethical practice
- Technical competences in public health
- Application of technical competences in practice
- Underpinning skills and knowledge
After registration, competence is maintained and revalidated regularly.
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- Check with UKPHR where registration schemes are based
- Contact your local scheme to sign up for the registration process
- Collect and collate your evidence of the work you have done and the skills and experiences you have already acquired
- If in employment, check what support your employer will give you.
Employers and commissioners of public health services can rely on a process which meets their due diligence requirements. UKPHR registration signals that the practitioner is competent to work in a public health role.
Registered practitioners can secure objective recognition of their achievements, maintain and enhance their competence and develop future career options.
The general public can know that competence, integrity and accountability in public health practice is assured. Public health practitioners can be checked on a public register and there is someone to complain to if things go wrong.