Practitioner Information: How to Apply and Resources

Practitioner Information: How to Apply and Resources

Public health practitioners can begin to develop their portfolios at any point in their career – but must meet the eligibility criteria below to apply to join the scheme. Please see here for additional information about the definition of autonomous practice.

The criteria for applying to the scheme is as follows:

  • Practicing at a minimum of Level 5 or 6 or 7 (maximum) of the skills for health framework Skills for Health or be working within the range of functions set out in the Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework 2016 PHSKF
  • Have a minimum of 2yrs practice working in a Public Health Practitioner role and access to your work products over this period
  • Be committed to completing the programme in an 18 month period with the support of your line manager
  • Have minimal gaps in public health practice, based on the self-assessment tool which covers the 34 UKPHR Practitioner Standards. The self assessment can be found here (I have attached, please add a link) and requires you to review your theoretical knowledge of public health gained through CPD against the UKPHR standards (Task 1). You should consider (task 2) which programmes of work that you have completed in the last 5 years which will show your application in practice, of these standards.

The first step is to submit an Expression of Interest form. You will then receive updates and notifications from the scheme for CPD opportunities and workshop dates. Once you have attended one of the quarterly Information sessions, completed your self-assessment and gained the support of your line manager. You can formally apply by requesting an application pack from

Opportunities for Registrars

During your time on the Specialist training programme, there are several opportunities to meet your competencies by becoming involved with the regional practitioner scheme. Supporting the development of others is an important meta competency of a senior leader and we offer a choice of ways in which you can advance your career skills, while supporting the scheme.

The Opportunities

1. Delivering training workshops

2. Coaching and Mentoring

3. Becoming an assessor

Access the full slide pack with further details here.

Portfolio development support

The NW scheme has an online programme of support for practitioners consisting of:

  • KHub online network with chat for questions and key documents
  • Monthly MS Teams Forum meeting providing peer support and discussions about standards
  • Portfolio Skills workshops- Practitioners will attend (via MS Teams) two workshops and are expected to submit homework tasks between the sessions.
  • Remote reviewing of commentaries prior to submission

Useful information

E-learning for practitioner registration introduction

This resource is useful to complete prior to registering for the practitioner scheme

Reference documents that provide additional information about the scheme are:

UKPHR – Guidance for Applicants, Assessors and Verifiers

UKPHR – Supporting Information (This document accompanies the Guidance above)

UKPHR – Public Health Practitioner standards

A practitioner from cohort 1 gives her perspective on the scheme

A personal perspective on the practitioner scheme

HEE Training Directory

HEE have developed a comprehensive Training Directory which practitioners can use to identify short courses for CPD. This is linked to each of the UKPHR Standards and many of the courses are free to access- and can be accessed online.  

HEE Training Directory