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

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News

Health Committee report on obesity puts welcome focus on need to protect child health

The House of Commons Health Committee calls for a tax on sugar

Health Committee report on obesity puts welcome focus on need to protect child health

FPH’s new President announced

We are delighted to announce the election of Professor John Middleton as the new FPH President

FPH’s new President announced

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

FPH welcomes Prime Minister’s call for parenting classes

The Faculty of Public Health (FPH) today (11 January 2016) welcomed reports in the media that the Prime Minister will announce that families will be able to receive vouchers for parenting classes

FPH welcomes Prime Minister’s call for parenting classes

Welfare Reform Bill could create a ‘lost generation’ of children growing up in poverty, says report by the APPG on Health in All Policies

A generation of children who grow up in poverty and have worse health as a result, risk being airbrushed from official records, according to an inquiry by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Health in All Policies into the impact of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill

Welfare Reform Bill could create a ‘lost generation’ of children growing up in poverty, says report by the APPG on Health in All Policies

Faculty of Public Health welcomes air pollution report

The Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health today launched a report on air pollution, entitled Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution

Faculty of Public Health welcomes air pollution report

Report reveals real challenges and concerns about healthcare public health

The Health Services Committee of the Faculty of Public Health has completed a report summarising the responses of around 110 directors of public health, training programme directors and specialty registrars who responded to survey and focus-group work exploring their views on the state of the healthcare public health function – particularly that delivered back into the NHS

Report reveals real challenges and concerns about healthcare public health

'Simple changes' to alcohol policy could dramatically reduce EU death rates

Simple and cheap changes to alcohol policy at European Union level would dramatically reduce liver mortality across Europe, according to analysis published today (15.3.16) in the Journal of Hepatology

'Simple changes' to alcohol policy could dramatically reduce EU death rates

FPH warmly welcomes new sugar tax

This announcement in today's Budget is a very welcome and significant step in the right direction

FPH warmly welcomes new sugar tax

Work of local government celebrated

More than 800 of the most senior figures in local government gathered this week at London’s Grosvenor House to celebrate achievements and best practice across the sector

Work of local government celebrated

'Good Public Health Practice' revised

The Faculty of Public Health (FPH) has taken a leadership role working jointly with the UK Public Health Register to develop a revised Good Public Health Practice (GPHP) for all specialists and practitioners from all professional backgrounds, and that is complementary to statutory professional codes of practice and revalidation procedures

'Good Public Health Practice' revised

Once-a-week foods welcomed

Commenting on the decision by the manufacturer of some ready-made sauces to recommend its products be eaten no more than once a week, Professor Simon Capewell, Vice President for Policy at the UK Faculty of Public Health, said: "This announcement is a welcome step in the right direction."

Once-a-week foods welcomed

FPH urges UN General Assembly to adopt evidence based illicit drugs policy

FPH writes to UN to show its support for evidence-based illegal drugs policy

FPH urges UN General Assembly to adopt evidence based illicit drugs policy

Comprehensive Spending Review: ‘rock solid’ evidence for saving NHS money ignored

The Government's Comprehensive Spending Review does not represent value for money for public health, says FPH President

Comprehensive Spending Review: ‘rock solid’ evidence for saving NHS money ignored

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 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

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

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.


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