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FPH apologises unreservedly for the comments our President, Professor John Ashton, made during a Twitter exchange on Saturday 6 September. Professor Ashton used inappropriate and offensive language, which unnecessarily personalised a public health issue, and we do not condone its use. An investigation is currently underway into the matter, in line with FPH’s complaints policy.

Professor Ashton has taken a voluntary leave of absence whilst the matter is investigated; he has not resigned, stepped down or been suspended.  During this period, Dr John Middleton, FPH's Vice President for Policy, will take on the role of acting President and will be covering Professor Ashton's duties.

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News

FPH welcomes Public Health England report on health inequalities in the north of England

A report Public Health England once again highlights the major inequalities in health between the north and south of England

FPH welcomes Public Health England report on health inequalities in the north of England

Interim Faculty of Public Health statement on current conflict in Gaza

We welcome recent ceasefires in Gaza and Israel and we call on all parties to make firm commitments towards peace

Interim Faculty of Public Health statement on current conflict in Gaza

WHO approach to e-cigarettes good news for children’s health, says FPH

FPH welcomes findings of WHO report on electronic cigarettes

WHO approach to e-cigarettes good news for children’s health, says FPH

National policy and living wage needed to tackle food poverty

Emphasis on access, affordability and nutritional value is needed

National policy and living wage needed to tackle food poverty

We need more hard data on e-cigarettes

Important to separate opinion and evidence on the potential health risks of 'nicotine sticks', says FPH

We need more hard data on e-cigarettes

CMO's emphasis on mental health in workplace welcome

Report looks at wellbeing in the context of mental health, rather than the role it plays in promoting physical health and prevention of physical disease

CMO's emphasis on mental health in workplace welcome

Evidence based health warnings needed for alcohol

FPH welcomes the launch today of the APPG on Alcohol Misuse’s Manifesto, and supports its recommendation that all alcohol labels should include a health warning.

Evidence based health warnings needed for alcohol

Good practice

The Faculty of Public Health (FPH) has decided to withdraw ‘Good Public Health Practice,’ and to commend ‘Good Medical Practice’ as the basis for professional practice in public health.

Good practice

We need local leadership for public health

BMJ investigation into local councils' use of the public health budget shows need for Directors of Public Health to have authority to make tough decisions

We need local leadership for public health

FPH position on hospital mortality rates

FPH does not support the use of risk-adjusted mortality statistics to compare or rank hospitals, nor does it believe they should be used to estimate preventable deaths

FPH position on hospital mortality rates

Functions of the local public health system

FPH has developed a document setting out the local public health function in England

Functions of the local public health system

Welcome news on school food

FPH wants to see consistent food standards across all schools

Welcome news on school food

People who want to quit smoking should consult their GP

FPH produces its policy statement on electronic cigarettes

People who want to quit smoking should consult their GP

Four-day week about improved public health

FPH welcomes news this week that more employees can request flexible working

Four-day week about improved public health

Health workers urged to get tough on antibiotics

Doctors, nurses, pharmacists and public health professionals are being urged to say ‘no’ to patients who ask for antibiotics to treat minor illnesses

Health workers urged to get tough on antibiotics

FPH offers condolences for Malaysian Airlines tragedy

FPH stands with its members and colleagues across the world at this difficult time

FPH offers condolences for Malaysian Airlines tragedy

We need collective responsibility for disease control

Ebola outbreak shows need for collective response: epidemic diseases do not respect country boundaries

We need collective responsibility for disease control

Public health needs of Gazans a 'serious concern'

FPH expresses its sympathy for friends and family of all those killed and injured by conflict in Gaza and Israel

Public health needs of Gazans a 'serious concern'

Mass fluoridation of water is good public health move

New report from Public Health England finds that fluoridation is a 'safe and effective' public health measure

Mass fluoridation of water is good public health move

Welcome decision on meningitis B vaccine

Great news for children's health - and we look forward to the JCVI's decision on prescribing the HPV vaccine to boys

Welcome decision on meningitis B vaccine

BMA survey shows risks to public health

Survey results highlight many ongoing concerns about the role of public health professionals in new system

BMA survey shows risks to public health

Campaigns

What’s your vision for public health?
Help shape FPH’s manifesto for the 2015 general election


The General Election in 2015 is a critical opportunity to give the next government practical measures to protect and improve people’s health. It is an approach that works: of the 12 key steps we called for in our manifesto in 2010, Better Public Health for All (links to a pdf), there has been some real progress, particularly on tobacco.


This is your opportunity, as an FPH member, to shape FPH’s manifesto for 2015. Tell us what you think should be our priorities. Fill in this short survey and help us achieve our mission of promoting and protecting the health and wellbeing of everyone in society. 

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

On the 23 January 2012, the Secretary of State Andrew Lansley announced plans to legislate to ensure that all public health consultants were appropriately regulated. The Faculty of Public Health (FPH) welcomes this outcome, which is in no small part down to the hard work and commitment of FPH members, officers and staff.

FPH has now received further details from the Department of Health on the legislative process, practicalities and timetable for implementation. The legislation that will be used is Section 60 of the 1999 Health Act which will enable amendment of the Health Professions Council's (HPC) primary legislation, using secondary legislation, to establish a statutory register for public health specialists.  A draft legislative order will then be produced, which requires three months' consultation.  A revised order is then drafted.  It then has to be considered by the Scottish Assembly and then approved through a debate in the House of Commons and the House of Lords, prior to approval by the Privy Council. 

The process will begin in late 2012 and should take between 18 and 24 months, depending on the complexity of the legislation. During that time, the HPC will work with FPH, the United Kingdom Public Health Register (UKPHR) and other interested parties to develop and agree the regulatory systems and standards within HPC to enable UKPHR-registered specialists to transfer at the appropriate time when legislation is completed.

Recruitment

ST3 opportunities in Public Health - Closing Date 18 April 2014

The Faculty of Public Health are pleased to announce ST3 recruitment opportunities in the West Midlands and Thames Valley region. Applications are open to those who meet the requirements in the ST3 person specification. Applications are open until Friday 18 April 2014. Further information on the entry requirements and how to apply is available here. The West Midlands LETB will be coordinating the ST3 recruitment process on behalf of both regions.

The recruitment round for 2014 begins in November 2013. Eligibility criteria, the application process, assessment and selection will be broadly similar to the 2013 round. However potential applicants should be aware of some changes to eligibility which require evidence of appropriate competence within the five years preceding August 2014. 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 as it may change slightly as further national all specialty information is released up until the date of applications opening. Posts will be advertised from 1 November 2013. Applications will open 12 November and close on 5 December. Assessment (written) tests will be held on 8 January 2014 and selection centre (interviews and other tests) between 18 – 20 February 2014. 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. For general enquiries about the recruitment and selection process please contact heem.publichealthrecruitment@nhs.net
Contact details for TPDs.

Specialty Training 2014 – ST1 Opportunities in Public Health


Selection into Public Health Specialty training in 2014 will be run separately for:

Events

17-19 September 2014 | Public Health for Specialty Registrars

FPH is running a three-day course covering the core knowledge of public health. The course has been developed specifically for trainees from other clinical specialties who have an interest in public health and want to develop their skills in this fie [...] More

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