FPH has published a position statement on Ebola outlining the scale of the threat to West Africa and the UK, and the short and long term measures needed to confront, control and manage this outbreak. FPH commends the UK government for action taken so far to support relief efforts, but much more is needed from the UK and international community. FPH stresses that the risk to the public in the UK remains low. Public Health England is providing up-to-date guidance for professionals and the public.
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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.
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.
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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:
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.
The recruitment round for 2015 begins in November 2014. The eligibility criteria, application process, assessment and selection will be broadly similar to the 2014 round. However, potential applicants should be aware of some changes to eligibility which require evidence of appropriate competence within the three years preceding August 2015. Full details are available on the recruitment pages. You are advised to keep in touch with these pages in order to ensure 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. Posts will be advertised from 6 November 2014. Deadlines concerning the application window, assessment centres and selection centres will be posted here in due course. 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 general enquiries about the recruitment and selection process please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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 2015 will be run by Health Education East Midlands for England, Scotland and Wales
Northern Ireland will be offering 1-2 posts for 2015 and will be recruiting separately.
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