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Flagship event 2017

Public Health Expo & FPH Annual Conference 2017

The International Centre, Telford, West Midlands
20 & 21 June

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Annual Conference & Exhibition 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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Join our Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

SIGs build our capacity to develop better policy and take more action.

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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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Media Centre

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

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Blog

Read the Faculty's blog "Better Health for All"

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News

More cycling and walking; less driving, needed for our health and economy, says new FPH report

New report published today calls for a major shift away from cars in favour of walking, cycling and public transport (known as active travel)

More cycling and walking; less driving, needed for our health and economy, says new FPH report

'Take control of food, farming and fisheries for the public good'

The Faculty of Public Health (FPH) and 80 other organisations representing the health and long-term interests of millions of British citizens have called on the Government to adopt common-sense food, farming and fishing policies that are good for jobs, health and the environment, when they plan the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU)

'Take control of food, farming and fisheries for the public good'

Inequality bad for the economy and our health, says FPH

Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s report, Counting the cost of UK poverty, makes strong economic case for tackling the causes of poverty

Inequality bad for the economy and our health, says FPH

Training of Public Health Specialty Registrars - A revised guide for local councils 2016

The Faculty of Public Health (FPH) is pleased to be publishing the Training of Public Health Specialty Registrars: A revised guide for local councils 2016.

Training of Public Health Specialty Registrars - A revised guide for local councils 2016

Taxpayers Alliance report 'opportunity to show value of public health'

Public health training includes learning how to make sense of complex evidence to ensure billions of taxpayers’ money is wisely spent

Taxpayers Alliance report 'opportunity to show value of public health'

New Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework

The new Public Health Skills & Knowledge Framework has been published.

New Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework

Public health concern for child health

Doctors say services are at breaking point in survey by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH)

Public health concern for child health

Childhood obesity plan lets down children

Plan, including sugar tax, is welcome but as Team GB has shown, success is a team effort that relies on more than one single measure

Childhood obesity plan lets down children

Government guidelines on alcohol to be welcomed

Public has right to know about harms associated with alcohol consumption

Government guidelines on alcohol to be welcomed

Cuts a false economy, says Health Select Committee report

The House of Commons Health Committee publishes a report into the funding, delivery and structure of public health

Cuts a false economy, says Health Select Committee report

New Assessors Required for CESR Applications

New Assessors Required for CESR Applications

New Assessors Required for CESR Applications

Junior doctors’ case a symptom of growing crisis in NHS

The Faculty of Public Health supports the junior doctors in their calls not to impose the new contract

Junior doctors’ case a symptom of growing crisis in NHS

Public health leaders urge radical rethink after record number of drug deaths

Figures published by the Office for National Statistics showing a record number of deaths involving drug misuse in England and Wales have reinforced the call by the Faculty of Public Health for the Government to switch its focus from prosecution to treatment

Public health leaders urge radical rethink after record number of drug deaths

Public health leaders call for comprehensive approach to suicide prevention

The Faculty of Public Health (FPH) has told the Health Select Committee’s inquiry into suicide prevention that policymakers and services must address the root causes of suicide

Public health leaders call for comprehensive approach to suicide prevention

The unique contribution of public health specialists

The Faculty of Public Health has produced a statement outlining the unique contribution that public health specialists make to the system and to protecting the health of the population

The unique contribution of public health specialists

NHS needs a flourishing public health sector, inquiry told

Cuts to public health threaten the sustainability of the NHS, peers have heard

NHS needs a flourishing public health sector, inquiry told

Public Health Today magazine editor nominated for major award

Alan Maryon-Davis, the editor of the Faculty of Public Health's quarterly magazine, Public Health Today, was one of the nominees for the Medical Journalists' Association (MJA) Editor of the Year award

Public Health Today magazine editor nominated for major award

Parenting one way of improving mental health for everyone

New report makes case for improving mental health for everyone and preventing mental health problems

Parenting one way of improving mental health for everyone

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

FPH welcomes additional support to the specialist workforce

A fellowship programme and extra training posts have been introduced to boost the specialist public health training workforce

FPH welcomes additional support to the specialist workforce

FPH welcomes Chief Medical Officer's report on women’s health

The report contains many excellent recommendations that would make a difference to the lives of millions of women

FPH welcomes Chief Medical Officer's report on women’s health

CMOs' guidance on alcohol is 'welcome' and timely

The UK's Chief Medical Officers have today published new guidelines for drinking alcohol

CMOs' guidance on alcohol is 'welcome' and timely

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.


Campaigns

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.

CPD

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.

Regulation

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.


Events

27-28 October 2016 | Strong Voices: Pragmatic Public Health - Committee of the Faculty of Public Health in Scotland annual conference

Earlier in 2016 the much awaited public health review '2015 Review of Public Health in Scotland: Strengthening the Function and Re-focusing Action for a Healthier Scotland' was published and by the time of the conference the public health community [...] More

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