UPDATE - Public Health Specialty Training Curriculum
**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 implementing 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 including:
- Dental Public Health
- Department of Health
- General Medical Council
- Health and Care Professions Council
- Health Education England
- Health Protection Scotland
- Lead Dean for Public Health
- Local Government Association
- Public Health Agency (NI)
- Public Health England
- Public Health Specialty Registrars Committee
- Public Health Wales
- UK Public Health Register
Curriculum Review Process
The CRSG outlined the scope and draft timetable for conducting the curriculum review. 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. For the sake of clarity, the Curriculum and Assessment Committee was referred to as the Curriculum Review Working Group (CRWG) for the duration of the review.
|July to October 2013||Finalise consultation questions and process|
|November 2013 to February 2014||First stage broad consultation, including workshops|
|February 2014 to April 2014||Collate, analyse and interpret responses|
|May 2014 to July 2014||Develop detailed proposals for change in curriculum|
||Second stage focused consultation on the proposals|
|November 2014||Review comments from the second stage consultation|
|December 2014||Finalise the curriculum in preparation for submission.|
|April 2015||Consideration and recommendations to the General Medical Council (GMC) by the Curriculum Advisory Group|
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 phase
- Considering public health 'on-call arrangements and whether the guidance for on-call practise was fit for purpose
- Considering the development of a new learning outcome based around metacompetence and whether this approach would be a valid way to assess meta-competence in the practise of public health. This work is aimed at designing an assessment system for the public health specialist training scheme that could assess readiness for consultant practice prior to the completion of training
- Considering workplace based assessments and whether these were fit for purpose
- Considering the compliance of the curriculum with the GMC Standards for Curricula and Assessment Systems (2010).
As per the timetable, the consultation was published and all documents related to it, including guidance for completing the consultation can be found here.
Various organisations, groups and other stakeholders were contacted and notified of the consultation and asked to submit a response.
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.
Dental Public Health
Department of Health
General Medical Council
Health and Care Professions Council
Health Education England
Health Protection Scotland
Lead Dean for Public Health
Local Government Association
Public Health Agency (NI)
Public Health England
Public Health Specialty Registrars Committee
Public Health Wales
UK Public Health Register
Following the second consultation with our major stakeholders the final revisions were made to the new curriculum which was subsequently submitted to our regulators, the GMC and the UKPHR. The following documents are available:
- PH Curriculum 2015
- Mapping of Learning Outcomes 2010 to 2015
- Mapping of Learning Outcomes 2015 to 2010
- Part A & Part B Mapping
- Report on Curriculum Consultation and Responses & Process
Written: 07/10/2013 , last modified: 06/08/2015