Final Membership Examination (MFPH) Results and Feedback

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The standard required in the OSPHE is that which could be reasonably expected of a public health trainee with at least two years' (whole-time equivalent) of service-based training left and is normally achievable by someone in training about six to nine months after passing the Diplomate Examination (DFPH).

The examiners will assess candidates' ability to use knowledge and skills appropriately in public health settings.

The OSPHE is a 'show how' assessment rather than a 'knowledge' or 'know how' assessment, which will already have been completed in the Diplomate Examination (DFPH). The Exam Content describes the skills that are tested.

The five competency areas are covered at each and every station. Candidates will therefore receive six independent assessments of each of the five competency areas. At each station there will be at least two people conducting the examination. One examiner at each station will be responsible for and free to concentrate on marking.

Using marking guidance, the Final Membership (MFPH) examiners grade each competency A-E for each candidate, with A being excellent, B being good, C being adequate, D being just below adequate and E being poor. These grades are later converted into numerical scores.

The Final Membership Examination applies a process of combining scores from individual stations to produce an overall score and average marks for the five competency areas.

If a candidate were to be awarded a C for each competency at all six stations, this would indicate a pass overall. However, the marks for each competency are averaged, so the marking structure is such that it is possible to not do well on, say, two of the stations, and yet still pass overall by getting some marks higher than a C at other stations. The other requirement for a pass is that each competency area must be marked as satisfactory or above at half or more of the stations. See the Final Membership (MFPH) marking algorithm for a summary of how results are determined. Weightings and marking thresholds for the Final Membership (MFPH) examination are not published to examiners or candidates. See Publishing Weightings and Marking Thresholds for more information.

No part/question of the OSPHE can be banked. Candidates are given feedback in the form of average scores for each competency, giving them an indication of how well they have performed in the examination and which competencies may require targeted training.

Candidates may inform FPH of serious circumstances that occurred in the three weeks up to and including the date of the examination and that have adversely affected their examination performance. For further information see here.

Please note that marks/results will not be altered to reflect individual circumstances. The only available outcome as a result of a successful submission is that the attempt can be discounted. 

Results will be sent by email, within ten working days after the examination.

There are two possible outcomes of the examination: Pass or Fail. No part/question of the OSPHE can be banked.

Candidates who fail can request feedback to help them and their trainer with regard to areas they should consider in their personal development plan before applying to re-sit the examination.

If you have passed the examination, your name will be passed to the Membership Department of FPH. You will be asked to become a Member of the Faculty, which is one of the requirements for the award of a CCT for inclusion on the GMC Specialist Register or Voluntary Register.

Candidates who wish to appeal against their examination results should consult the Appeal procedures.

Candidates who wish to make a formal appeal against their examination results must write to the Chief Executive of FPH within 1 calendar month of the date of dispatch of the result, as indicated in the procedures. Please ensure that you read this guidance carefully to ensure that your grounds for appeal are legitimate before writing.