Ensuring established appointment processes are followed provides employers with confidence in the public health appointments they make, building on their own good practice, while providing a risked managed and quality assured process.

FPH provides detailed guidance and support for employers on public health appointments, which also supports:

  • ensuring that the recruitment and selection procedure promotes a positive image of the recruiting organisation
  • the recruitment of appropriately skilled people to enable the organisation to achieve its aims and objectives
  • promoting objective, fair and transparent recruitment practices throughout public health
  • ensuring that selection decisions are based on objective and justifiable criteria
  • promoting public health as a specialism of choice

Panel composition

Minimum requirements for Consultant posts.  An NHS AAC would normally include the equivalent of:

  • the chief executive of the local authority or vice chancellor of the university or nominated representative.
  • the director of public health of the employing authority (or in the case of a university a person who has a similar functional and managerial role level). As an alternative the regional director of PHE, or nominated representative may be invited.
  • FPH Assessor
  • Lay member

 Minimum requirements - Consultants in Public Health in Local Government and Higher Education Institutions:

  •  Director of Public Health of the employing authority
  • FPH Assessor
  • a lay member (someone with an interest in public health who is not a public health specialist or employee of the employer)
  • a public health consultant from the employing organisation (or if not available a consultant from another specialism or from a neighbouring organisation)

 Director of Public Health Panel

It is customary for an advisory appointments committee to be chaired by a lay member such as a local authority elected member, for example the cabinet member of the health and wellbeing board. The advisory appointments committee should also normally include:

  • chief executive of the appointing local authority or his/her nominated deputy
  • PHE regional director, or another senior professionally qualified member of PHE acting on his or her behalf
  • FPH Assessor
  • Senior NHS representation
  • In the case of appointments to posts that have either teaching or research commitments, or both, the committee should also include: a professional member nominated after consultation with the relevant university

In addition to the five core members the employing organisation may appoint such additional members as it considers appropriate but the majority of the committee should consist of employees of the employing organisation and professional members.


Please contact the Faculty Adviser in the first instance for approval of the Job Description/Person Specification and Advert

Please contact aac@fph.org.uk once the above paperwork has been approved and you are setting up the interview panel.