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Emergency Services

The Emergency Services SIG was established in 2023 to promote the advancement of knowledge in relation to the role of public health and the emergency services.

There has been a surge of interest in public health approaches in policing, the ambulance service, and the fire service, as an effective way to reduce crime and violence, prevent ill health, and increase health and wellbeing.  The emergency services SIG will support FPH in its aims to act as an authoritative body for the purposes of consultation and advocacy, in matters both of educational and public interest, by acting as an expert resource in this area (for the FPH and its members); and by ensuring that public health develops with a view to maintaining the highest possible standards of professional competence and practice.

The emergency services SIG will support the FPH priorities around workforce, standards, knowledge, advocacy, and partnership.


The Emergency Services SIG aims to do the following:

  • Provide a focal point for FPH members who share a common interest in the emergency services and public health.
  • Provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and information (expanding the network of people interested in working with the emergency services).
  • Act as an expert resource to FPH and its members on knowledge, practice and the development of policies and strategies related to emergency services and public health.
  • Build active collaborations and strengthen partnerships to increase FPH reach and influence.
  • Ensure that the emergency services are recognised as part of the wider public health workforce.
  • Develop and advocate policies and programmes of work that support delivery of FPH’s vision, mission, and objectives.
  • Provide opportunities for trainees.


The Emergency Services SIG reports to the Health Services Committee (HSC) and is chaired by Rachel Forbes and Christina Downham. If you would like to join the SIG, please send a completed SIG application form to and

Please note that in order to join any SIG you must be a member of the Faculty of Public Health. Please see further information on joining FPH SIGs here.

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