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The public health workforce covers a diverse range of professional groups and includes those working in the NHS, national and local government, academic departments plus other health and care functions. Work is on-going to map the wider public health workforce to identify and support those working in the wider workforce of public health.

FPH survey of former public health registrars

During April and May 2016 the Speciality Registrar Committee (SRC) of the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) ran a national survey of former public health specialty registrars who had completed training since April 2013.

The survey looked at destinations and experience post-training, both professionally and geographically, to understand pathways into consultant positions and career choices, as well as the types of roles available to newly-qualified consultants and their working terms and conditions. It investigated where consultants felt they needed more support in their first roles and where training could be improved to better prepare registrars for future employment.

The SRC are grateful to the 98 recently-qualified consultants from across the UK who took part in the survey. The results will help inform developments in training and support for current and future consultants in public health.

FPH wishes to thank the SRC, and in particular Katie Ferguson and Alice Walker, for undertaking this work.

The Public Health Skills Passport and the review of the UK Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework

UPDATE February 2015

The ‘Healthy Lives, Health People: public health workforce strategy (DH/LGA/PHE 2013) identifies the need to refine the Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework (PHSKF), and to develop a new ‘skills passport’ to support the public health workforce in career development and planning.  PHE is leading on both of these activities (see Factsheet Dec 2014).

Skills Passport (England)

The skills passport will be going through a ‘proof of concept’ trial between February 9th and March 20th 2015.  Public health workers from a range of public health disciplines have been engaged to help with this process, participating as individuals, or as teams eg: a cluster of local authority teams in the north east; a PHE centre team; and an NHS provider team in the south east.

This process will be evaluated by an external agency, to provide independent scrutiny on the process and outcomes, and to reflect on the implications for the public health skills and knowledge framework.  The evaluation findings will be reported in May 2015.

To find out more about what the skills passport could offer click on the recorded presentation.

UK Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework (PHSKF) review

The PHSKF review is in its second phase, and a series of workshops are being delivered across the UK during February and March.  These events will be used to consult the whole public health workforce on how the PHSKF may currently be used, and how public health workers think the framework could be revised so that it is ‘fit for purpose’.  

The programme of events, with contact details of the organisers, are shown below.  Contact them for more detailed and up-to-date information, and to book a place:

Country / region Date? Where? Contact?
East of England 23rd February (10-1) Cambridge 
Northern Ireland 2nd March (timings tbc) Tbc (closed event) elaine.o'   
North England 11th March (timings tbc) Leeds/York (tbc)
London 17th March (1:30 – 4:30) RSPH, 28 Portland Place
Scotland 18th March (10-3) Glasgow (+videolink)
London 23rd March (10-1) CIEH, 15 Hatfields
Wales 24th  March (timings tbc) Cardiff (+videolink)
West Midlands 30th March (10 -1) Birmingham
The PHSKF can be found on the Health Careers website 

If you have any queries about these streams of work and would like to forward these to the project team you can email them via


Please also find this link to the survey on the development of the public health skills passport and the PHSKF review. This is to be accessible to everyone working in public health.  Please note the closing date: 25th March 2015

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