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Annual Conference 2016

Public health in a cold climate: melting hearts and minds with evidence

Brighton Centre, Brighton
14 & 15  June

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Start Well, Live Better:
a manifesto

FPH launches its 12-point action plan for public health.

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All-Party Parliamentary Group on Health in All Policies

Set up to explore the effects of all national policy on the health of the UK population

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FPH Press Office contact details, news, press releases, statements, comments and updates

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Joint ADPH and FPH press statement

UK needs urgent, co-ordinated public health action on Syrian refugee crisis

Joint ADPH and FPH press statement

Statutory regulation – Government delays implementation indefinitely

FPH is disappointed at the Government’s decision to indefinitely delay the introduction of statutory regulation for public health specialists from backgrounds other than medicine.

Statutory regulation – Government delays implementation indefinitely

FPH sponsors LGC award

The Faculty of Public Health is sponsoring the Local Government Chronicle's Health and Social Care Award 2016 for the second year running along with the Public Health Action Support Team

FPH sponsors LGC award

Junior doctor contract proposals

In an unprecedented move, 13 leaders of medical Royal Colleges and Faculties, including FPH, have expressed their concerns over the recent junior doctor contract proposals

Junior doctor contract proposals

FPH Statement on Junior Doctors

FPH believes the proposed recommendations have the potential to jeopardise the diversity of the public health workforce and have produced the following statement to oppose these plans.

FPH Statement on Junior Doctors

New laws on smoking: significant day for child health

FPH strongly welcomes the enactment today of three important regulations under the Children and Families Act 2014 that will help protect the health of children from the health harms of tobacco and electronic cigarettes

New laws on smoking: significant day for child health

Unacceptable difference in mental health outcomes

People in England who have had mental health problems are five times as likely to be admitted to hospital as an emergency as those who have not, a new study shows.

Unacceptable difference in mental health outcomes

Consultants and registrars needed for India project

The Faculty of Public Health's India Special Interest Group has obtained funding support from the Department for International Development for a public health capacity-building project in Odisha, India

Consultants and registrars needed for India project

FPH welcomes publication of PHE's sugar report

FPH President Professor John Ashton has warmly welcomed Public Health England's decision to publish its report Sugar Reduction: the evidence for action. Its eight recommendations include the introduction of a tax or levy on sugar drinks, which FPH supports.

FPH welcomes publication of PHE's sugar report

Leading organisations call on Chancellor to reverse public health cuts to public health budget

FPH today joins the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) and seven leading organisations in calling on the Chancellor to reverse the decision to cut £200 million from the local authority public health budget.

Leading organisations call on Chancellor to reverse public health cuts to public health budget

Cuts to local authority public health budgets threaten vital services and the sustainability of the NHS

Cuts topublic health budgets threaten vital services and the sustainability of the NHS

Cuts to local authority public health budgets threaten vital services and the sustainability of the NHS

E-cigarettes: an emerging public health consensus

Joint statement on e-cigarettes by Public Health England and other UK public health organisations.

E-cigarettes: an emerging public health consensus

ECJ's opinion on minimum unit pricing 'encouraging'

Two people are admitted to hospital every minute with an alcohol-related condition: we hope to see an EU ruling in favour of minimum unit pricing in six month's time

ECJ's opinion on minimum unit pricing 'encouraging'

FPH welcomes publication of PHE e-cigarettes report

Best way to quit smoking is to use evidence-based treatments via NHS

FPH welcomes publication of PHE e-cigarettes report

Recruitment information

Public health specialty training national recruitment

The recruitment round for posts commencing in August 2016 begins in November 2015. The eligibility criteria, application process, assessment and selection will be similar to the 2015 round. You need to keep in touch with these pages so that you have the correct information because it may change slightly as further national all-specialty information is released up until the date of applications opening.

Please view the 'How to apply/further information' pages for all the detailed information regarding the process. Deadlines concerning the application window, assessment centres and selection centres will be posted on these pages in due course.

The recruitment timeline for 2016 is as follows:

  • Adverts: 5 November 2015
  • Applications open: 10am 11 November 2015
  • Applications close: 4pm 3 December 2015
  • Assessment centre: 13 January 2016
  • Selection centre: 22-24 February 2016
  • Initial offers by: 5pm 10 March 2016

If you have specific queries about the programmes, please contact the Training Programme Director (TPD) in your area or in the area in which you wish to train. Contact details for TPDs.

For general information about public health recruitment and career prospects, current registrars have recently published a useful guide - available on Kindle.

For all enquiries about the recruitment and selection process please contact heem.publichealthrecruitment@nhs.net

Specialty Training 2016 – ST1 Opportunities in Public Health

How to apply/further information:

Applicants for Academic Clinical fellowships through National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) should go to the NIHR website.

Selection into Public Health Specialty training in 2016 will be run by Health Education East Midlands for England, Scotland and Wales

Northern Ireland will be recruiting separately. Applications open on Wednesday 11 November 2015.

Applications can be made via Oriel Vacancies.

And information on our website will be available via Northern Ireland MDTA Specialty Recruitment.


Child health could suffer under Treasury cuts

Children’s health could suffer and drug related crime may increase if Treasury plans to cut £200 million from local authority budgets by next March are implemented, according to a survey of members of the Faculty of Public Health.

Read more via: http://www.fph.org.uk/media_centre

Other advocacy work:

Contact us with your media enquiries

If you are a journalist looking for a comment or to talk to an expert, our press office is here to help.  We regularly respond to media enquiries on a range of public health issues such as 'flu, alcohol, smoking,  mental health, sexual health or sustainable development.


Continuing professional development (CPD) is the component of learning and development that occurs after the formal completion of postgraduate training.

In public health, the overall aim of continuing professional development is to ensure that those who work in the field develop and maintain the necessary knowledge, skills and attributes to practise effectively and work towards improving the health of the population.

CPD is a professional obligation for all public health professionals.

In order to comply with the Faculty of Public Health's (FPH) minimum standards for CPD and to remain in good standing, all FPH members must either submit a satisfactory CPD return for the previous CPD year or have been formally exempted by FPH from this requirement.

FPH has adopted common standards for CPD for all its members.

New CPD policy from 1 April 2014 [pdf]

The online diary allows users to keep an accurate online record of their learning activities. It also allows them to submit their annual return online.

Log in or sign up to begin using the online diary.

Further information on FPH CPD.


After careful and thoughtful deliberation, the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) responded in November 2014 to the Department of Health consultation on statutory regulation for public health specialists from backgrounds other than medicine. There was unanimous support for actively pursuing statutory regulation as soon as possible, to ensure safety for both public and employers, and equivalence across the profession. See our full response to the consultation online.

Our preference would have been to maintain regulation with one body, the General Medical Council (GMC) or the UK Public Health Register (UKPHR) if that was possible. However, FPH reluctantly came to the conclusion that neither of these was in a position to offer statutory regulation quickly and so, with some regret, we were unable to support them. 

The Health & Care Professions Council is a large established, experienced regulator, and we believe this is the best option to obtain statutory regulation in the short term. FPH specifically asked that revalidation is also established as part of the register so we can move to full equivalence between medical and public health specialists from backgrounds other than medicine.

The government’s response to the consultation was published on 29 January 2015. In short, they are proceeding on the basis outlined in the consultation and as generally supported by FPH, with the following two changes:

  • Public health specialists who have retained registration with a regulator other than the HCPC should not be required to have dual registration.
  • The title ‘public health specialist’ will now become ‘registered public health specialist’.

The government’s response to the question of revalidation was as follows:

However, the GMC is unique amongst statutory regulators in that in addition to registration, it also conveys requires medical practitioners to have a license to practise to which revalidation is linked. It is therefore not possible for any of the existing statutory regulators to bring in an equivalent process without primary legislation, nor for the UKPHR system to be considered equivalent. If this policy objective were to be taken forward through the introduction of such a scheme for the HCPC [Health and Care Professions Council], there would have to be a period of consultation on that policy. If a decision was made to implement that policy, then a section 60 would be required to amend the Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001.

The Department is supportive, in principle, of a revalidation scheme for public health specialists from a background other than medicine or dentistry and would encourage the Faculty of Public Health, Public Health England [PHE] and the regulators to explore what non-statutory options there may be to introduce such a scheme.

FPH therefore will collaborate with others, including PHE and the HCPC, to develop a system. Once the Order is laid we will also begin working closely with the HCPC in helping them develop the standards required for entry to the statutory register. We will also get in touch with both the Nursing and Midwifery Council and General Pharmaceutical Council to see what – if any – plans they have for establishing a specialist public health arm of their registers as neither currently have one. 

Overall, FPH welcomes the government's response to the consultation on the regulation of public health specialists. Statutory regulation gives important assurance to everyone that the public health specialists who are employed on their behalf are properly trained and regulated. It also gives public health specialists recognition of their vital role in protecting and improving the public’s health.

FPH acknowledges and highly values the vital contributions the UKPHR has made in establishing the voluntary register and in moving the profession towards a position where statutory regulation can now be established.

FPH will remain fully engaged with developments around statutory regulation.

Currently we expect the HCPC statutory register to open in July 2016, at which point all those on the UKPHR will transfer.


11 February 2016 | Commissioning workshop: Informatics in health and care service planning

The Faculty of Public Health (FPH) will be delivering a one-day workshop aimed at understanding the current challenges faced by commissioning, national policy imperatives and the need for an 'integrated intelligence' approach. In the increasingly [...] More

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