FPH Assessors

Our Assessors impart the external professional assessment and advice that provides the assurance that DsPH, as well as their public health consultant colleagues, have the necessary technical and professional skills required to promote, improve and protect health and provide high level, credible, peer-to-peer advice to the NHS about public health in relation to health services.

All of our external assessors are experienced public health specialists and are trained for the role. They play a vital role in maintaining professional standards. If you are interested in becoming an assessor and meet the criteria, please email aac@fph.org.uk

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Number of FPH Assessors required for AACs

FPH revised its guidance in 2012 in regards to the number of external FPH assessors required to sit on an AAC panel. As posts in public health attract candidates from both medical and non-medical backgrounds, in order to better represent the interests of the FPH membership, FPH in the past advocated assessors from both backgrounds attending AACs. Added to this was the belief that medical assessors were not always used to or had a good understanding of the multidisciplinary workforce. With the recent changes to the public health system and the fact that public health specialists are now used to working in multidisciplinary environments, it was timely to review our requirement that two assessors attend an AAC.

The FPH Board therefore agreed that there should be a change in the guidance to be permissive of a single assessor at an AAC panel:

That the guidance for AAC panels be amended to reflect that one external FPH assessor is acceptable, though FPH continue to recommend that there should be assessors from both a medical and multidisciplinary background

That, should only one assessor be present at an AAC, they may be from either a medical or multidisciplinary background. In accordance with NHS regulations, however, if it is a NHS appointment or medical-only appointment (NHS or HPA/PHE on medical consultant terms & conditions) then the assessor has to be medical to meet DH requirements for an AAC.  The change in the guidance in this respect is permissive of a single assessor, but that must be a medical assessor

That for medical appointments within the NHS the assessor must come from a medical background.

Five key steps to being a good AAC assessor

Keep in touch with the Faculty - this means checking you have been properly appointed to each Advisory Appointments Committee, asking any questions you have, and providing feedback (quickly!) via the assessors report form.

Read the Faculty's guidance for assessors – and make sure you are clear about your role.

Make sure you see all applications - assessors must see all applications and be involved in the entire process, including short-listing, interview, any presentations, etc.

Ask questions - and ask them as soon as possible. If you have doubts/queries/concerns about an applicant or their qualifications, it is much, much easier to clarify at short-listing stage than on the day of the interview.

Be assertive - you are there as part of a robust and stringent selection process and are representing and protecting the profession. If you have concerns, make them known!

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