Public Health Speciality Training 2020 Curriculum Review

The Faculty of Public Health (FPH) is committed to reviewing the curriculum periodically to ensure it incorporates the latest regulatory standards and good practice. We undertake a wide-scale review, typically every ten years (most recently in 2015), to ensure the curriculum adheres to enduring principles of the practice of public health, and remains relevant across different systems, cultures and countries.

The FPH Board have agreed that a light touch review of the 2015 curriculum be carried out for a submission to our regulators in 2020.This is to ensure all existing learning outcomes are fit for purpose and that the curriculum is mapped to the GMC’s Generic Professional Capabilities Framework and takes account of the FPH Workforce Strategy 2018-2021.

The FPH Education Committee is delegated by the FPH Board to oversee the FPH role in specialty training. The FPH Education Committee has in turn asked the FPH Curriculum and Assessment Committee to take on the role of a “curriculum review working group” to review the curriculum to ensure that it incorporates the latest standards and good practice.

As part of this process, a revised draft of the curriculum will be made available to key stakeholders this autumn for feedback and to ensure that this curriculum is able to produce a public health workforce with the suitable knowledge and skills to deliver public health.

Governance

The FPH Education Committee is delegated by the FPH Board to oversee the FPH role in specialty training. The FPH Education Committee has in turn asked the FPH Curriculum and Assessment Committee to take on the role of a “curriculum review working group” to review the curriculum to ensure that it incorporates the latest standards and good practice.

A purpose statement has been developed to inform thinking around the review of the curriculum, in line with the requirements of the General Medical Council. (Appendix B)

The Education Committee has determined that the review process will be overseen by a curriculum review steering group, chaired by the FPH Academic Registrar, which will link into the FPH Education and Curriculum and Assessment Committees. The steering group will have responsibility to ensuring that all operational standards of practice are maintained during the review process. The steering group will report to the Education Committee. It will ensure that adequate and comprehensive advice is taken from constituent members of the Education Committee, main employers, and professional organizations involved in specialist training of public health.

The steering group will consist of representation from the following stakeholders:

Relevant FPH Committees
 Training Programme Directors
 UK Public Health Register
 Specialty Registrars
 Lay representative
 Heads of School
 Lead Dean for Public Health
 Public Health England
 Wales representative
 Scotland representative
 Northern Ireland representative
 Local Government Association

Consultation

The consultation on the revised public health specialty training curriculum will open on 11 November 2019 and close 31 January 2019.

Key stakeholders at a number of organisations and FPH committees have been asked to comment on the document in consultation with colleagues. The overarching principle for this review is ‘light touch” changes to the curriculum, whilst ensuring that training should remain relevant to all nations in the UK, as well as being setting proof and future proof.

The focus of the review has been on ensuring clarity, reducing any duplication, improving coherence and taking into account learning from implementation of 2015 curriculum with no major revisions. This review is to ensure:

  • All existing learning outcomes are fit for purpose.

  • The curriculum is mapped to the GMC’s Generic Professional Capabilities Framework.

  • The curriculum takes into account GMC’s Excellence by Design and Shape of Training documents.

If you wish to feedback on the revised curriculum please contact the relevant FPH committee chair to find out how to get involved.


Any questions regarding the consultation should be sent to educ@fph.org.uk

Useful links:

GMC Generic Professional Capabilities Framework 

Documents for download

Timetable for review
FPH curriculum Purpose Statement
Shape of Training Report
Excellence by Design 

 

 

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