Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
FPH thanks all of our members for their dedication to protecting the health of the public in this most challenging of circumstances. Many of our members will be working in pressurised conditions and we thank them for all they are doing.
FPH is in regular discussion with the Chief Medical Officers, the four national Public Health Agencies, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, DHSC and other key stakeholders regarding management of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
FPH updates on COVID-19
Update 25 May 2020
We are deeply concerned that recent actions from Government appear to undermine essential public health messaging at this crucial time. It is vital that all in society continue to follow guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and save lives. If there is doubt regarding the actions of those involved with Government, FPH supports at the very least, an inquiry into the matter
FPH has suspended its usual requirements for CPD for the period April 2019 to March 2021 to allow members to focus on tackling COVID-19. Members will remain in good standing for CPD and can continue to use the online CPD diary and make submissions when they are able to. Further information is available on the CPD homepage and if you need to get in contact with us regarding your CPD you can do so via email@example.com.
FPH has also taken the decision to postpone all Faculty examinations scheduled before September 2020. All candidates booked on exams in April and June will be given the choice of a full refund of the exam fees, or the option to carry their fee over to a future sitting. We have produced a comprehensive set of FAQs available here, and if you wish to discuss this with the Faculty team, please contact the Faculty via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Events and meetings
In line with Government guidance, forthcoming events have been postponed (including the Wessex Public Health Conference and our Ethical and Legal Dimensions of Vaccine Hesitancy Workshop) and meetings are now to be held via teleconference.
Please note that this year's AGM will be run via a webinar - further details to follow.
Awards and prizes
Deadlines for submissions for FPH awards and prizes is to be extended - final dates to follow.
The Faculty continues to work for its members although, like most organisations, staff are now working remotely.
All staff can be contacted by phone and email and are still connected and working as hard as ever to support members to deliver their vital work.
As the phone networks can be overloaded at this time, we recommend email as the most reliable way to get in touch.
Contact details for different areas of FPH work are available here.
Updates from the GMC and UK Public Health Register - Appraisal, Revalidation and Registration
UKPHR have decided that the requirement to undertake an annual professional appraisal is suspended for the months of April to September 2020 inclusive. Appraisals due to be completed during these months will count as “approved missed appraisals”.
The GMC has stated that all doctors due to revalidate over the next six months will have their revalidation deferred for one year and UKPHR have stated that they will do the same. This means that revalidation dates falling within the period April – September will be put back until next year.
UKPHR stand with the Faculty of Public Health in granting extensions from CPD requirements for the duration of COVID-19 operations.
The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has published a helpful set of FAQs relating to Appraisal and Revalidation during COVID-19.
The GMC is writing to doctors who have left the Register in the last three years to offer them temporary registration, as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. UKPHR is introducing its own emergency rule to allow the Registrar to do the same for retired public health professionals. UKPHR are emailing former registrants who may be affected. FPH supports these measures.
Returning NHS healthcare professionals can access more information and apply to help in efforts against COVID-19 online via NHS England.
You can read UKPHR's full update regarding COVID-19 online here.
Latest information and guidance for healthcare professionals
An ever evolving situation, for the latest information and advice regarding COVID-19, please check online via gov.uk for guidance provided by Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care.
Apply to become a Contact Tracer
Professional members of FPH are eligible to apply to become contact tracers. You can apply via the registration website https://www.nhsprofessionals.nhs.uk/contact-tracer.
As part of the application process you will be asked to select a professional or regulatory body with whom you are currently registered. You will find the Faculty of Public Health in the list.
COVID-19 mental health & wellbeing for healthcare professionals
FPH's Public Mental Health Special Interest Group has listed these resources to offer guidance on COVID-19 and mental health.
The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has issued these resources on mental health and wellbeing for healthcare professionals, recognising that at this time it is vital for healthcare professionals to prioritise their own wellbeing in order to provide outstanding care for others.
An interesting resource from Tomas Pueyo on testing and contact tracing - "Coronavirus: How to Do Testing and Contact Tracing"
The coming months will be challenging for all of us in both our personal and professional lives and we urge kindness and respect for colleagues across PH, Health and Social Care, other partner agencies and across all of civil society. We are now all working towards the same goal of saving lives and protecting the health of the public, and we must be unified in this vital work.
Thank you once again to our members, the UK's public health workforce, who are delivering such important work in such challenging conditions across the four nations and overseas.