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

Functions and Standards of a Public Health System

This document draws together a range of different papers that the Faculty of Public Health has produced in recent years to describe the essential functions of a public health system, and the standards and contribution of the specialist public health workforce that are crucial to a robust UK public health structure.

Faculty of Public Health Statement on COVID-19

This statement has been produced by the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) Board in relation to the UK’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The statement draws on the experiences across the UK and highlights the key areas on how best to tackle COVID-19 and save lives.

These key areas identified in the statement should be urgently considered by Government.

Guiding Principles for Effective Management of COVID-19 at a Local Level

This document is intended to outline principles for the design of COVID-19 Local Outbreak Plans led by the Director of Public Health at Upper Tier Local Authority level, working with all key professions and sectors, with outline responsibilities for each defined.

Covid-19 law briefings for health professionals

FPH, in collaboration with legal scholars at the University of Bristol, Cardiff and Edinburgh, and Queen’s University Belfast, has published a set of briefings for health professionals on laws, regulations and guidance on the Covid-19 pandemic for each of the four Nations in the UK.

Examinations

Following the postponement in March of all exam sittings, FPH will be migrating all exams for the foreseeable future to an online environment, so candidates can take the exam at a place of their choice (e.g. home or work) and will not be required to travel to a particular venue.

The Diplomate examination will be held 3-4 November 2020 and we will hold two sittings of the Final Membership (MFPH) exam on 18 November and 4 December 2020. The sitting currently scheduled 22 September 2020 is cancelled.

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 educ@fph.org.uk.

CPD

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 cpd@fph.org.uk.

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.

Awards and prizes

Deadlines for submissions for FPH awards and prizes is to be extended - final dates to follow.

FPH staff

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 until March 2021 (extended from September 2020). Appraisals due to be completed during these months will count as “approved missed appraisals”.

  • The GMC has recently stated that all doctors due to revalidate before March 2021 (extended from September 2020) 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 2020 to March 2021 will be put back by one 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.

The National School of Healthcare Science has also published a page of resources dedicated to staff health and wellbeing.  

The Faculty has been happy to support the July 2020 statement from the AoMRC and partners on supporting the health and care workforce into the next phase of the pandemic. You can view other information from the AoMRC on COVID-19 here.

External resources

COVID-19: View from membership

We recognise that as our members at the forefront of tackling this pandemic, you will have invaluable feedback on the UK's response to COVID-19.

We are keen to gather your evidence and concerns which we will store and review in collaboration with the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and the BMA's Public Health Medicine Committee at an appropriate time after the pandemic has passed.

You can use this form to submit your feedback.

The Faculty of Public Health is providing this repository for information for members only – please do not attempt to upload data if you are not a current member of FPH.

Thank you...

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.

 

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