FPH has developed specimen job descriptions and guidance for local authorities and the NHS on the appointment of directors of public health and consultants in public health, intended to assist employers in establishing functions and responsibilities. These can be downloaded here:
- Director of Public Health – 2016 – job description [Word 350KB]
- Consultant in Public Health in Local Authorities – 2015 - job description [Word 371KB]
- 2013 Guidance to Local Authorities & NHS on DPH & CPH appointments [Word 174KB]
- 2013 Supplementary Guidance for Employers [Word 205KB]
It should be noted that these are working drafts and will be updated in line with the publication of official guidance and operating frameworks.
DPH posts in the NHS and constituent countries
FPH has adapted the director of public health job description so it is applicable to posts in the NHS and constituent countries.
- Director of Public Health – Northern Ireland – job description [Word 378KB]
- Director of Public Health – Scotland – job description [Word 373KB]
- Director of Public Health – Wales – job description [Word 396KB]
- Director of Public Health – NHS – job description [Word 377KB]
Updated CCDC and CPH job descriptions / person specifications
The job descriptions below are being revised in light of the changing public health system in England. These job descriptions will continue to be applicable to the other constituent countries.
Employers must review posts and decide if they need a medically qualified CCDC or if the post can be open to those from any background with suitable qualifications. It should be noted that a number of consultant posts in health protection open to those from a wide range of backgrounds have been established to date. **
- Consultant in Communicable Disease Control [word 350KB]
- Consultant in Health Protection** [word 428KB]
** Following consultation with a wide range of key players including the Health Protection Agency, the Public Health Environment Group, the Royal College of Pathologists, the BMA, AMICUS , ID physicians and other relevant colleges, specimen job descriptions and person specifications for a Consultant in Communicable Disease Control and a Consultant in Health Protection have been updated.
The changes have been made largely in the light of the new curriculum (pending approval by the GMC), Agenda for Change and so forth. The Faculty Board has now approved the two updated job descriptions (listed above).
During the consultation, a number of respondents indicated that they were unsure why two separate job descriptions for these two roles, one restricted to medically qualified practitioners and the other open to those from any background with suitable qualifications, were still needed.
The separate job descriptions have been retained because at present there is a continuing need for a subset of health protection posts that will cover the following:
- a requirement to “undertake prophylaxis, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases of public importance ” and this is an essential requirement within the CCDC job description;
- the current requirement for a Designated Medical Officer (DMO) to be medically qualified in Scotland ;
- duties under HSG (93) 56 in England and WHC (93) 61 in Wales that require a medically qualified individual.
- Consultant in Public Health Medicine 2010 Wales NI Scotland
- Director of Public Health in Local Authorities – 2016 – job description.
- Consultant in Health Protection 2010
- Consultant in Communicable Disease Control 2010
- 2013 Guidance to LAs and NHS on appointments
- 2013 Supplementary employer's guidance