UK Voluntary Register For
Public Health Specialists

Dual Registration

On 8 July 2004 the Board of the UK Voluntary Register for Public Health Specialists signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the General Medical Council and another with the General Dental Council agreeing dual registration. This is an exciting development for the UKVRPHS as it signifies support and recognition of the register by these two organisations.

Jim McEwen, Chair of the Joint Board of the UKVRPHS, said 'The Memorandum signed today clarifies the areas where the GMC, the GDC and the Joint Board can work together to ensure high standards in public health practice'.

Finlay Scott, Chief Executive and Registrar of the GMC said 'The memorandum is a very important symbol of the co-operation between the GMC and the Joint Board. It recognises the importance of public health and the fact that doctors, dentists and other highly qualified individuals make an important contribution to public health in the UK'.

Antony Townsend, Chief Executive of the GDC, supported the statements and said 'The Voluntary Register is an important step forward in recognising the multi-disciplinary nature of modern public health practice. The GDC is delighted to be working with other regulators and professions to improve public protection and raise standards.'

This registration is for those who are registered in public health on the specialist registers of the GMC or GDC, and wish to appear on this register as a public health specialist.

Registration with the UK Voluntary Register will not replace existing professional regulation, (either statutory or voluntary) for specialists who wish to continue to work in their professional area, but is for those who feel that dual recognition will be of benefit with regard to future career flexibility. It is recognised that some medically trained doctors and dentists may wish to be seen as part of the multidisciplinary public health sector. There are both doctors and dentists waiting to submit applications, and also three who have submitted applications who may now, after the formal signing be issued with certificates of registration.

With the registration for the generalist specialists on the UKVRPHS now operative with applications being received for portfolio assessment the development work is well underway on the defined specialist category. It is envisaged that by then end of this year three groups will have their criteria and process developed sufficiently to begin accepting applications from the start of next year.

Memoranda of understanding (to download)

GMC (122 KB)
GDC (285 KB)

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