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Sex as a Public Health Issue

FSRH & FPH joint conference
Date: 22 September 2017
Venue: London

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FPH Annual Conference and Public Health Expo 2017

Public health beyond borders: driving change with evidence

The International Centre, Telford
20-21 June 2017

Thanks to everyone for coming and helping create such an amazing event!

>> View the speakers' presentations

>> See the tweets, photos and videos on Storify

>> Pictures: Mayor's reception and awards ceremony

>> Pictures: Day One

>> Pictures: Day Two

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Start Well, Live Better:
a manifesto

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

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Looking Beyond the General Election

Join us in urging the new Government to prioritise the public's 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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Media Centre

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

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

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Our thoughts are with Manchester and London

FPH and the wider public health community have been shocked, saddened and appalled by the recent attacks on the people of Manchester and London

Our thoughts are with Manchester and London

Violence prevention toolkit launched

A policy toolkit has been designed that focuses on preventing violence at the earliest possible stages in the life course

Violence prevention toolkit launched

Sustain issues manifesto for a ‘Better Food Britain’

FPH is a member of Sustain, a coalition of over 100 national organisations that advocate for agricultural policies and practices that advance the health and welfare of people and the living environment.

Sustain issues manifesto for a ‘Better Food Britain’

FPH welcomes GMC's 'Adapting for the Future' report

The General Medical Council has published a report, Adapting for the future: a plan for improving the flexibility of UK postgraduate medical training

FPH welcomes GMC's 'Adapting for the Future' report

Registrars committed to environmentally sustainable training

The UK Public Health Registrar Sustainable Development Network’s 'Training Regions Update Report' has presented the results of a 2016 environmental sustainability review of public health training across the UK

Registrars committed to environmentally sustainable training

Salford physiotherapists lead the way in promoting healthy living and early detection

The Advancing Healthcare awards are open to allied health professionals, healthcare scientists and those who work alongside them in support roles

Salford physiotherapists lead the way in promoting healthy living and early detection

FPH welcomes House of Lords’ call for public health funding cuts to be reversed

A major House of Lords inquiry report has warned that a “culture of short-termism” has fuelled a crisis in the NHS and led the adult social care system to “the brink of collapse”

FPH welcomes House of Lords’ call for public health funding cuts to be reversed

General Election 2017 - ‘Fit for our children’s future’

The next Government has an opportunity to think more about our long term health, embed health in all policies, and work with people and communities to focus on preventing ill health and ease pressure on our NHS.

General Election 2017 - ‘Fit for our children’s future’

The next government must invest in our children

Britain’s children are growing up unhealthy, unhappy and unprepared for adult life, according to a report by the British Association for Child and Adolescent Public Health

The next government must invest in our children

Protecting children from passive smoking in their home

Following the Sunday times article on smoking in social houses, the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) makes the following clarification for editors.

Protecting children from passive smoking in their home

FPH welcomes PHE guidelines on reducing sugar in food

Public Health England has today challenged businesses to cut sugar by 20% by 2020, and by 5% this year in an effort to address the obesity crisis.

FPH welcomes PHE guidelines on reducing sugar in food

Survey of public health content of STPs

Sustainability and transformation plans are five-year collaborations between the NHS, local government and other key partners for improving health and wellbeing, developing new models of care, and improving the quality and efficiency of services in 44 local areas across England

Survey of public health content of STPs


Public health specialty training national recruitment 2017

The recruitment round for posts commencing in August 2017 begins in November 2016. The eligibility criteria, application process, assessment and selection will be similar to the 2016 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.

The recruitment timeline for 2017 is as follows:

  • Adverts: 3 November 2016
  • Applications open: 10am 9 November 2016
  • Applications close: 4pm 1 December 2016
  • Assessment centre: 11 January 2017
  • Selection centre: 13-15 February 2017
  • Initial offers by: 5pm 2 March 2017

For ALL enquiries about the recruitment and selection process please contact publichealthrecruitment.em@hee.nhs.uk

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.

Specialty Training 2017 – ST1 and ST3 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 2017 will be run by Health Education East Midlands for England, Scotland and Wales

Northern Ireland will be recruiting separately. Applications open on Wednesday 9 November 2016.

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

Applications can be made via Oriel Vacancies.


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.


Sexual and reproductive health conference

22 September 2017 | Sexual and reproductive health conference

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