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Contacts and further information

If you wish to contact the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) regarding revalidation, please address enquiries to:

Telephone: 020 3696 1485


Angela Townsend, Revalidation Officer
Dr John Woodhouse, Revalidation Responsible Officer
Faculty of Public Health
4 St Andrews Place

Revalidation advice

FPH provides general guidance on revalidation and the requirements for public health. This advice is available by writing to FPH centrally via or by contacting one of the specially trained faculty revalidation advisers (see here for contact details:

Queries are welcomed from FPH members and fellows, appraisers and responsible officers. However, all formal queries should be received in writing.

If you have a query about revalidation and public health that is not answered on our frequently asked questions page or specialty specific guidance, please send an email, outlining your request, to one of the revalidation advisers. Please copy in FPH to enable your query to be given a reference number and be logged for audit purposes.

Principles of Revalidation advice
The principles underlying the giving of advice by the members of the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges, which includes FPH, are:

  • Consistency. Advice given is consistent with the guidance from other key revalidation partners, based on the standards and guidance already published and consistent between different individuals providing advice. This includes consistency across the four home nations. 
  • Commonality. Common processes across all specialties as far as possible have been agreed in order to avoid inconsistency in methods of acquiring and providing advice. 
  • Legality. Colleges and faculties do not become involved in the decision-making process regarding the recommendation for revalidation and work within the legal considerations.
  • Impartiality/externality.  Advisers are impartial and must not have any conflict of interest or vested interest in the individuals concerned. If advice is locally sought, this may require the adviser to come from outside the area/region in which the doctor is employed.
  • Generality. Requests for advice must be in relation to a situation or set of circumstances and not to an individual doctor or appraiser.
  • Informed. Advisers must be knowledgeable in the area of specialty standards and suitably trained to provide advice in accordance with these principles.

The principles ensure that the advice given is consistent and impartial and recognises the legal obligations of responsible officers and appraisers as well as those of FPH.

FPH disclaimer for advice giving
The Faculty of Public Health gives advice on specialty specific matters in response to a specific requests. The Faculty of Public Health prepares or gives such advice in principle, based on the facts presented to them, with reasonable care and in good faith, and does not accept any possible liability arising from the advice. The advice will not be binding. The Faculty of Public Health undertakes to keep information supplied confidential unless otherwise required by law, court order or any governmental or regulatory authority, for reasons of patient safety. For the avoidance of doubt, The Faculty of Public Health reserves the right to disclose such information (in confidence) to the General Medical Council or other relevant regulatory authority where (acting reasonably) it considers it in the public interest to do so (individuals will only be identified if it is required for patient safety reasons). These terms shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with relevant UK laws.

Feedback from patients and the public

Public health treats populations, and, while it is rare for a public health doctor or specialist to have direct contact with patients, FPH welcomes feedback from patients and the public on doctors and specialists who are members. If you have any comments or concerns, please contact us on 020 3696 1485 and ask to speak with a member of the Professional Standards Department or email

Further Information

More information on revalidation can be found on the following websites:


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