Special Interest Groups - details
A Special Interest Group (SIG) is a network or community of Faculty of Public Health (FPH) members, all sharing a common interest and expertise in a particular area or issue related to public health. Membership is open to all FPH fellows, members and associates (including corporate associates) in good standing.
SIG membership is also open to non-members. All new membership of the SIG is at the agreement of the SIG executive.
SIGs have a clear remit, set out in their terms of reference [link to general ToR download] and supported by an annual workplan. SIGs will:
- develop and advocate policies and programmes that support delivery of FPH’s strategic plan
- act as an expert resource to FPH and its members on knowledge, practice and the development of policies and strategies related to its particular field
- work to draw together and develop specialist skills, knowledge and professional competences related to its particular field to support best practice
- provide a focal point for FPH members who share a common interest in a particular area of public health
- provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and information.
A bit about governance
SIGs are accountable to FPH’s Health Policy and Advocacy Committee (HPAC) for the development and delivery of their annual work plans. SIGs are required to adhere to all relevant FPH guidance and policies.
SIGs must appoint a chair and core executive group responsible for approving new members, monitoring activity and progress, and for reporting to HPAC. Executive groups should not be less than five members, including the chair.
It is expected that SIGs will be largely self-supporting/administrating.