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FPH response to the consultation on regulation of PH specialists from backgrounds other than medicine

The Faculty of Public Health has deliberated very carefully and thoughtfully in its response to the Department of Health consultation on statutory regulation for public health specialists from backgrounds other than medicine. There is unanimous support for actively pursuing statutory regulation as soon as possible, to ensure safety for both public and employers, and equivalence across the profession. 

Our preference would be to maintain regulation with one body, the GMC or the UKPHR if this was possible. However, we have reluctantly come to the conclusion that neither of these are in a position to offer statutory regulation quickly and so, with some regret, we are 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. We have 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. 

Download our full response to the Department of Health here.

Meradin Peachey, Vice-President, Standards 

Written: 13/11/2014 , last modified: 13/07/2015