West Midlands Public Health Practitioner Development Scheme

Public Health Practitioner Development Scheme opens up for more applicants 


A total of 189 people who promote health within local communities in the West Midlands have now joined this highly successful scheme which supports and assesses public health practitioners for national registration with the UKPHR.

Under the West Midlands Public Health Practitioner Development Scheme, practitioners are developed and assessed against the UKPHR practitioner standards for core public health practice. Only practitioners who have been through a scheme such as this are eligible to apply to the UKPHR for registration as a public health practitioner. Health Education West Midlands is now inviting applications to its seventh cohort of practitioners.

What does the Scheme involve?

The Scheme supports public health practitioners (those below the specialist level) and trains local assessors to provide a workforce assessed and certified as meeting the national UKPHR standards at an agreed level of competence (level 5 of the Public Health Skills & Framework, PHSCF) equivalent to other "practitioners" in the NHS.

It gives local and national recognition through a quality-assured process of assessment and verification to the PH practitioners across the wide range of multi-sector organisations who contribute to the promotion, improvement and protection of health.

What support is available?

Practitioners on the scheme are supported through facilitated learning sets and attend masterclasses in priority areas of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to enable them to complete a developmental portfolio of evidence of competence against the UKPHR practitioner standards by 31st March 2017. 

Each practitioner attends at least three facilitated learning sets, where they are supported in preparing their portfolio and receive one-to-one feedback on progress.

Peer support is crucial, with the practitioners very much benefiting from sharing their work with each other and talking through any concerns.

Practitioners also have the offer of a trained mentor should they require one, and all are assigned a UKPHR-trained assessor.