Exemption and return to practice

Automatic exemption

FPH members are automatically exempted from participating in CPD if they are in a recognised UK public health training scheme or in an overseas training scheme that has been approved by an appropriate authority for the purpose.

Exemption on application

FPH members may be eligible for exemption from participating in FPH’s CPD scheme on application to FPH if:

  • They confirm to the FPH that they do not undertake ANY public health practice

  • They confirm to the FPH that as an Honorary Member, they do not require to revalidate and therefore would like to be granted exemption

  • Their career path and revalidation requirements are better represented through another CPD scheme which has been recognised by FPH as equivalent. They must provide documentary evidence that they are participating in such a scheme: either a copy of a letter from accrediting body or a copy of current CPD certification

  • Their circumstances are exceptional, such as, Prolonged absence from work (e.g. leave due to sickness, maternity, paternity, adoption or sabbatical) for not less than 9 months in any one CPD year.  Or any other very exceptional circumstances (e.g. these may include those few FPH members who are not retired but are not currently in any active public health practice) must be discussed with the Regional CPD Adviser or CPD Adviser and referred to the CPD Director for a decision at his/her personal discretion.

How to apply for exemption

Members applying for exemption should complete Section 4 of the CPD Portfolio and send it, along with the required evidence, to cpd@fph.org.uk 

Return to practice

Public Health professionals who wish to return to practice following a break of nine months or more should follow FPH Return to practice policy. This policy includes the requirements for assessment, refresher training and Continuing Professional Development (CPD). CPD is a requirement for all public health professionals and a compulsory element of revalidation.

The main objective of this policy is to ensure a personal development plan is in place for the returnee, taking into account the length of time away from work, previous levels of experience and essential skills and competencies for their specific area of practice. This will ensure the returnee can be reinstated into the FPH’s CPD scheme.

Examples of reasons for prolonged absence from the workplace include, but are not limited to:

  • Maternity/paternity/adoption leave
  • Health – physical and mental
  • Sabbatical leave/approved career break
  • Carers leave
  • Charitable work overseas
  • Suspension by Trust or GMC