The FPH is pleased to announce that the General Medical Council (GMC) has now given formal approval of the new public health curriculum. This follows approval by the UK Public Health Register (UKPHR) in April this year.
The FPH Education Committee will continue to move forward with the curriculum as laid out in the Implementation Plan, working closely with Training Programme Directors and Specialty Registrars. This plan, along with the final curriculum and associated documents can be downloaded here.
In 2013 the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) committed to undertake a review of Public Health Specialty Training Curriculum. The current curriculum had already been 'future proofed' by adhering to the enduring principles of public health practice which remained relevant across different systems, cultures and countries. However, settings for practice had changed and diversified, in particular the new role of local government in England presents a major cultural shift and an opportunity to strengthen public health by refocusing some important work in communities. FPH regularly reviews the curriculum to ensure its content is fit for purpose and relevant across the whole of the UK.
A Curriculum Review Steering Group (CRSG) was established with responsibility for overseeing the curriculum review process. The CRSG was responsible to the FPH Education Committee and formally reported at every Education Committee meeting. The CRSG was chaired by the Assistant Academic Registrar, Dr Brendan Mason, and included wide representation from FPH committees, regulators and other stakeholders.
T The FPH Curriculum and Assessment Committee was tasked as the working group for the duration of review and was responsible for the micro activities of the review, including managing the consultation process.
Scope of review
The review focused on, but not exclusively, the following items:
- Considering each of the 10 key learning outcome areas and focus on whether they are fit for purpose or whether they should be removed or amalgamated into an Optional Special Interest Learning Outcome (OSILO)
- Considering the delivery of public health training with a focus on any core learning outcomes which could be added. Also considering the role and purpose of OSILOs and whether additional ones are required
- Considering the make up of the training phases, such as placements in councils, which will grow in importance and whether, as currently defined, they adequately promote flexibility in training. Consideration was given to whether learning outcomes are tested in the appropriate phas.
Various organisations, groups and other stakeholders were contacted and notified of the consultation and asked to submit a response.
Subsequently a new curriculum was drafted based on the responses received.
Second Stage Consultation
The finalised changes to the curriculum were circulated to all major stakeholders as part of the second stage consultation, which ran from 15th October to the 29th October.
The purpose of this additional consultation was to give the major stakeholders (listed below) the opportunity to review the final proposals and comment on them. It had been agreed, and was communicated that at this stage only minor revisions were to be accepted.
Following the consultation, the responses were reviewed and used to inform the final submission to the regulators, the GMC and the UKPHR.