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26 September 2014

FPH’s President Professor John Ashton has taken a voluntary leave of absence following an exchange on social media, during which he used inappropriate and offensive language. Professor Ashton and FPH have apologised unreservedly for the comments made.

FPH’s Board of Trustees has discussed the matter at length, given the nature and seriousness of the situation.  The Board has registered its strong disapproval of Professor Ashton’s comments, noted the mitigating circumstances and given clear direction on the necessary steps to support Professor Ashton’s return.

We look forward to Professor Ashton’s continuation in the role of President, so that both he and FPH can focus on championing FPH’s vision of delivering “better health for all”. 

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FPH Strategy consultation exercise

FPH launches a strategy consultation, closing on 30 September 2014

Please let us have your views and help us shape our organisation.

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Consultation on statutory regulation

The Department of Health has published a consultation on the regulation of public health specialists from a background other than medicine or dentistry.

Consultation on statutory regulation

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

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

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

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


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.


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.


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.



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 heem.publichealthrecruitment@nhs.net

Specialty Training 2015 – ST1 Opportunities in Public Health

Selection into Public Health Specialty training in 2015 will be run by Health Education East Midlands for England, Scotland and Wales


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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