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The UK Voluntary Register for Public Health Specialist provides professional regulation to specialists in Public Health from a variety of backgrounds. People have successfully applied for membership of the UKVRPHS from backgrounds including public health sciences, environmental health, social science, medicine, nursing, health promotion, pharmacy, psychology and dentistry. Whatever their professional background, and wherever they may work, all such specialists have a common core of knowledge, skills and experience, and work (or have the ability and potential to work) at a strategic or senior management level. The Register is particularly for those public health specialists who have no other regulatory body.

Routes to register

There are currently three routes to membership of the UKVRPHS. The Standard route requires you to complete an accredited training route. Retrospective recognition route requires a portfolio of evidence demonstrating your eligibility. The third path, the Dual route requires membership to the General Medical Council or the General Dental Council’s Specialist Registers in public health. For further information you can download the ‘routes to register’ document with comprehensive details on all the above routes. This can be found on the Joint Board pages.

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Generalist and Defined Specialist arms

There are currently two arms to the UKVRPHS. You can qualify for either the Generalist arm of the register, or enter the register as a Defined Specialist by demonstrating expertise in your chosen areas. At present the Standard route will lead to the Generalists arm of the register, however it is envisaged that certain training programmes may arise that lead to registration to the Defined Specialist arm of the UKVRPHS. On 31 May 2006 entry to the Generalist arm of the UKVRPHS was closed for those applying via Retrospective Recognition (except in exceptional circumstances). Applicants who apply for registration via Retrospective Recognition will be admitted to the Defined Specialist arm of the register. The Dual route of registration leads to the Generalist arm of the register.

Why should I register?

The UKVRPHS was established following calls by employers and employees to create a standards framework in which specialists in Public Health can adhere to. By registering the UKVRPHS state that you are competent to practice in your professional area of expertise. The primary reason for the UKVRPHS is for the protection of the general public, although the registrant may gain the benefit of improved access to employment, as well as professional accreditation.

Future plans

The UKVRPHS is currently working on establishing a framework for registering Public Health Practitioners. For more details on this and other recent developments visit the Register developments page.

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UK Public Health Register

As of 1 February 2008 the UK Voluntary Register for Public Health Specialists will be know as the UK Public Health Register.


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