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Practitioner Regulation

The UK Public Health Register has registered and regulated Public Health Specliasts since 2003 and is now looking into registering and regulating Public Health Practitioners, a workforce that at present remains largly unregulated but that have key public health roles.

The public health practitioner workforce covers a wide cross section of public health specialties in a wide range of settings, such as the NHS, local authorities, the voluntary, and private sector. They work across the full breadth of public health activity from health promotion and health intelligence, to health protection.  Click here to download a copy of our draft definiion for Public Health Practitioners.

For further information on this please see the sections below.


The UKPHR has been commissioned by the four UK countries through the English Department of Health, the Welsh Assembly Government, the Scottish Government and the Department of Health and Social Services and Public Safety, to take forward the development of regulation for public health practitioners.

Public health practitioners are key members of the public health team and can have a great influence on the health and wellbeing of individuals, groups, communities and populations. At present a large proportion of the public health practitioner workforce are either not regulated at all or have their registration linked to their primary profession which may or not be related to the public health work they do.

A set of draft standards for regulation of practitioners was developed during the spring of 2008 using the Public Health Skills and Career Framework, (PHSCF) as the source document. These draft standards formed the basis for a series of pilot events which took place between May – July 2008, the purpose of which was to check the understandability and the applicability of the standards to the work of different individuals in public health.

Consultation on Practitioner Regulation

The findings from the pilot work were reported to the UKPHR Board in early September 2008 and recommendations made to focus on the process of implementation of a practitioner route to the register. Click here to download a copy of the report. The Board agreed in principle to the recommendations and a detailed consultation around the process of registration. The consultation took place from October 2008 – March 2009, with the intent to have a regulatory pathway open for practitioners in 2010. Click here to download a copy of the consultation document and proposed registration process.
The responses from the consultation have been collated and the findings presented to the UKPHR board, please click here to see the report.

Engaging Existing Regulators

A parallel strand of work also took place which involved meetings with a variety of different regulators to discuss common regulatory issues such as; the process of registration and CPD.
This has enabled us to learn from other regulators and to ensure that the regulatory system being developed for practitioners is in line with others, as well as exploring possible dual registration. Click here to download a copy of the report.

Newsletters and FAQ’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                        We have created a series of Newsletters and FAQ's to download these follow the link below.


Newsletter November 2008

Newsletter June 2008                                                                                                                                               


Contact us

If  you have any questons or would like to be kept up the date with Pactitioner Regulation developments please email the address below

Useful Documents

Newsletter June 2008

Board Report August 2008

Comparative Analysis of Regulators

Newsletter November 2008

Consultation Document

The Proposed Process of Registration


Board Report May 2009