News Archive

30/04/14 | Consultative Forum Record of Proceedings

The record of proceedings of the 2nd Consultative Forum can be found here

29/04/14 | Presentations from our 2nd UKPHR Consultative Forum

The second meeting of the UK Public Health Register's Consultative Forum was held on Friday 25 April 2014 at the Birmingham and Midlands Institute. The event was attended by various Stakeholders and consumer representative groups and stimulated a very healthy debate.


Please find below the various presentations from the Speakers present.

Dr Adrian Phillips, Director of Public Health, Birmingham.
'Birmingham's Public Health challenges and who you are tackling them'


Sheila Merrill, Director of Development at RoSPA.
'What is the proper role of a public health regulator in helping the public health workforce achieve its public health outcomes'


Patrick Saunders, UKPHR Board member.
Presentation of the operation of the West Midlands Practitioner Scheme


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25/04/14 | UKPHR Consultative Forum 25 April 2014

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11/04/14 | Portfolio submission

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10/04/14 | UK Public Health Register’s Consultative Forum Friday 25th April 2014

The second meeting of the UK Public Health Register’s Consultative Forum will be held on Friday 25th April 2014 from 10.45 am onwards (registration from 10.00 am) at the Birmingham & Midlands Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3BS.


The programme of events can be found here


The day will include a presentation by Dr Adrian Phillips, Director of Public Health in Birmingham titled "Birmingham's Public Health challenges and how you are tackling them".


Also following two opening speeches by Sheila Merrill, Director of Development at RoSPA and John Middleton, recently retired DPH at Sandwell,there will also be a debate on “What is the proper role of a public health regulator in helping the public health workforce achieve its public health outcomes?”


Forum members are welcome to book places at the Forum meeting by emailing UKPHR. Any Stakeholders or consumer representative groups that are not already members of the Forum are welcome to join. Please contact us to book your FREE place.

09/04/14 | Spring 2014 Newsletter

The UKPHR Spring 2014 newsletter is now available.

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04/04/14 | Update on Revalidation for Public Health Specialists registered with UKPHR

UKPHR and the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) are continuing to meet regarding the process of revalidation for UKPHR specialist registrants. As these registrants and stakeholders will be aware, a clearer understanding of the proposed statutory regulation of UKPHR specialist registrants and their pending transfer of their registration to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is awaited. Clarification will inform the next steps to establish revalidation.


Until such time, UKPHR registrants are required to continue with the system of re-registration involving satisfactory evidence of completion of an appraisal, an approved personal development plan, evidence of CPD, and a completed UKPHR application form.


UKPHR and FPH will provide further information on revalidation by the summer of 2014.


Professor Nairn Wilson
UKPHR Registrar
April 2014


03/04/14 | Public Health Register achieves accreditation

Today, UK Public Health Register’s voluntary register of public health specialists and practitioners has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care under the Accredited Voluntary Registers (AVR) scheme.

The AVR scheme is managed by the Professional Standards Authority, an independent statutory body accountable to Parliament, and the vetting and approval process is very rigorous. UKPHR has been protecting the public by registering public health specialists for ten years and also began registering public health practitioners in pilot areas in 2011. Specialists are leaders in public health practice, providing strategic decision-making and guidance as Directors of Public Health and Consultants, for example. Practitioners carry out vital health work such as helping individuals give up smoking, supporting communities to exercise and eat healthily and protecting us all from disease outbreaks. Bryan Stoten, Chair of UKPHR, says he is delighted that UKPHR’s work to assure the professional competence of the public health workforce has been judged to be effective: "The accreditation process has been tough. Achieving this status is objective confirmation that our standards and our procedures are rigorous as well as transparent and accountable. This is the most we can do as a non-statutory register to give the public and the public health workforce assurance that we and our registrants are committed to high standards. "Good public health practice is important for every citizen and every community because good health and wellbeing is fundamental to a fair and strong society."

AVR status represents objective assurance that UKPHR’s standards are robust and that the organisation meets modern standards of registration. Government established the scheme last year and it enables voluntary registers like UKPHR to be held to account for the standards they operate not just by their registrants but also by the public and the Professional Standards Authority.

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21/03/14 | Presentations from the London Practitioner Registration Event

A copy of all the presentations from the Practitioner Registration for the Public Health Workforce for London event held on Friday 14th March 2014 can be found below.


Dr Pui-Ling Li - System Changes and workforce development


David Kidney - Working for Practitioners and the Public Health Community


Meradin Peachey - A scheme three years on


Somen Banerjee - London Pilot Scheme


Em Rahman - Workforce Development in Wessex


Natasha Roberts - Assessors Perspective


Claire Cotter - What Practitioners need to do


For more information, please contact Claire Cotter

19/03/14 | What is Public Health? Animation by Public Health Wessex

Do you know what Public Health means? Watch this great animation by Public Health Wessex and find out.


This video was produced by Public Health Wessex Training Group. The UKPHR is not responsible for the content of external websites.