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Thames Valley Practitioner Scheme*
2018/19 NOW CLOSED.
The Scheme will open again in September 2019 for the 2019/20 Cohort.

(*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/

Applications are invited from those working in the Thames Valley area for the Thames Valley Practitioner Development Scheme (Application Form).  The scheme supports individuals to work towards completing a portfolio to apply for registration with the UK Public Health Register (UKPHR).

Scheme Flyer:  "It has been a brilliant and a hard slog at the same time.  I wouldn't change my mind about doing it!" quote from a recent participant.

Listen to the webinar held on Tuesday 2 October (webinar recording).

The recruitment timeline for the 2018/9 Intake is as follows:

1. Applications open: Thursday 15 September 2018
2. Webinar: Tuesday 2 October
3. Applications close:  Saturday 3 November
4. Notification of application outcome: Monday 12 November
5. Interviews to be held: Tuesday 20 November (in Oxford)
6. Notification of interview outcome: by end of November

If you have any queries about the Scheme, please contact Lesley Maitland (lesley.maitland@ouh.nhs.uk)

Proposed dates for the 2018/9 Thames Valley Development Scheme:  Timetable 2018/9

UKPHR Specialist Registration by Portfolio Route*:  The Specialist Registration by Portfolio route to registration was formally opened on 1 September 2018 by UKPHR with the purpose of bringing it in line with the Certificate of Eligibility of Specialist Registration (CESR) route ensuring there is equivalence to those working at a senior/PH specialist level who come from a background other than medicine:  (www.ukphr.org/specialist-registration-by-portfolio-assessment/)

* Please note that the Thames Valley Scheme does not currently support this programme.

'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.