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Guidance on appointment of directors of public health and public health consultants

Joint guidance on the appointment of directors of public health and consultants in public health in England has been produced in partnership by the Faculty of Public Health (FPH), Public Health England, the Local Government Association and the Universities and Colleges Employers Association.

These two documents provide detailed advice and good practice on the process for the appointment of senior public health consultants and recognises that the external professional assessment and advice provided by FPH is a central component of appointments. The system historically in place for appointing directors of public health and consultants in public health (the AAC – Advisory Appointment Committee) is the most efficient way of assuring the necessary technical and professional skills and ensuring that all appointments are fit for purpose.

Directors of Public Health in Local Government: Guidance on appointing directors of public health

The guidance is also available on the government website.

The guidance on the appointment of directors of public health, which describes the process for the joint appointment of directors of public health by local authorities and PHE, accompanies the statutory guidance published by the Department of Health, Directors of Public Health in Local Government: Roles, responsibilities and context. This document describes both the statutory and non-statutory elements of the role of director of public health and sets out the arrangements that allow local authorities to have confidence in their appointments. It will also allow them to build on their own good practice while meeting national requirements.

Consultants in Public Health in Local Government and Higher Education Institutions: Guidance on appointing consultants in public health.

The guidance is also available on the government website.


The guidance on consultant appointments sets out arrangements that are designed to provide local authorities and higher education institutions with confidence in the public health consultant appointments and consultant academic appointments they make and build on their own good practice, while providing a risk-managed and quality-assured process.

In establishing local appointment processes, FPH also recommends that employers take note of the supplementary employers’ guidance and recommended timelines which can be found on the Faculty guidance page of the FPH website.

Written: 14/10/2013 , last modified: 24/12/2013