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Thames Valley Practitioner Development Scheme*
now closed

Applications for the 2019 Scheme will open in September 2018

(*for those working in the Thames Valley area - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and Oxfordshire.  For those working outside the area, please see the UKPHR website for your local scheme:  https://www.ukphr.org/i-want-to-apply-for-registration/practitioner/

Recruitment of Assessors and Mentors for the Scheme:  Thames Valley are currently recruiting for new Assessors and Mentors to be trained by UKPHR to support Practitioners working towards registration as a UKPHR Public Health Practitioner.  Training Dates 2018:  9 and 19 February (flyer)

Faculty of Public Health Masterclasses to support employees across the Thames Valley: 2018 Dates -7 February, 1 and 28 March (flyer)

'Building your Portfolio' for Public Health Practitioner registration (practical suggestions to help you meet the requirements) and Resource Link for Careers in Public Health:  


Link to UKPHR Publicity Leaflet

Podcasts 'Training for Public Health'

There is a suite of podcasts now on iTunes.  14 are currently available covering a range of topics such as Global Health, PH Ethics and Law and Faculty Schemes and Preparing for Becoming a Consultant.  It is intended to produce a podcast each month on an ongoing basis.  The aim being for Practitioners to listen to these as part of their preparation for masterclasses.


UKPHR has approved a CPD policy for practitioner registrants which will be implemented on 1st July 2016. For those practitioners who are part-way through five years of registration, you will need to calculate the hours of CPD pro rata that you must carry out by the time of your first five-yearly re-registration. UKPHR will be contacting each practitioner registrant individually before 1st July about this.

CPD Policy; CPD scheme guidance; CPD Registrar’s reply; CPD frequently asked questions; CPD Log Template

We support individuals to apply for registration with UKPHR to recognise individuals working at Level 5 or above as per the Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework. The standards for practitioner registration are set out in UKPHR Practitioner Standards 14

In 2002, non-medical professionals were able to train as specialists in public health. This multi-disciplinary approach has enriched the specialty by bringing people from a range of clinical and non-clinical backgrounds into the profession.
Health Education England Thames Valley’s School of Public Health supports this approach and also recognises its role in supporting the development of the non-specialist workforce.

The Thames Valley Public Health Practitioner Development Scheme is a quality assured local assessment scheme to enable practitioners to join the UK Public Health Register to gain Practitioner registration.

To learn more about this scheme, please see the Practitioner page.


The Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI) in partnership with the Royal Society of Public Health published a review ‘Understanding the wider public health workforce in England’,  commissioned by Public Health England (PHE), Health Education England (HEE) and the Department of Health (DH). 

This review of the wider public health workforce in England identified the size and scope of this workforce, providing examples of its work and considering possible professional development needs for strengthening this important service.  At least 15 million people contribute to the public health agenda in England - ranging from police and fire personnel, to opticians and housing officers.

There have been two more recent CfWI public health reports (March 2016):

Public Health specialists' stocktakehttp://www.cfwi.org.uk/publications/cfwi-publishes-stocktake-review-of-the-public-health-specialist-workforce-in-england The CfWI was commissioned to provide guidance on future training numbers for the PH specialist workforce in England, for which HEE commissions approximately 70 training places per year (another 12 per year register with the UKPHR via a portfolio route).  The CfWI has recommended that training numbers broadly remain constant, but that a further study be completed in 2-3 years' time to test this recommendation.  Through desk research and input from expert stakeholders, the CfWI estimates that there are at least 1,200 specialists working in England, with 75-80% of them employed by local authorities and PHE.  The report includes supply and demand modelling for this workforce, and suggests a number of actions which would improve future workforce planning.

Understanding the public health practitioner workforce: http://www.cfwi.org.uk/publications/cfwi-publishes-a-study-on-the-public-health-practitioner-workforce (See Practitioner Development Scheme)

Skills for Health - Public Health Resources also has a useful overview.