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Core public health workforce

The core public health workforce has been defined by the Centre for Workforce Intelligence as: 'All staff engaged in public health activities who identify public health as being the primary part of their role.' This includes Public health consultants and specialist, Directors of Public Health, Public health nurses, Health visitors, School nurses, Public health practitioners, Environmental Health professionals, Public health academics, scientists and Intelligence and knowledge professionals.

Public Health Practitioners (PHP): a member of the core public health workforce. They work in various areas including health improvement, health protection, and health and social care. They may work in the public, private, voluntary and community sectors and contribute to public health outcomes and improving health and wellbeing. 

HEE supports the development of Public health practitioners through schemes available across England.

Public Health Practitioners can register with the United Kingdom Public Health Register (UKPHR). 

HEE supports Public Health Practitioner Development through:

  • facilitating a Public Health Practitioner Development network to provide strategic oversight and ensure accessibility of development schemes
  • commissioning the provision of an ePortfolio to support the development of Public Health Practitioners.

For information on your local scheme contact LTCP@hee.nhs.uk

This Public Health Practitioner’s Education and Training Directory has been designed primarily to provide existing public health practitioners with training and educational opportunities. Skills acquired through learning can then be used as evidence to support them in achieving Public Health Practitioner Registration. The directory is also a useful Continued Professional Development (CPD) tool for those working in or new to healthcare, from those taking apprenticeships to clinicians who want to learn more about public health/health promotion. For more information, or to receive these documents in a different format, email LTCP@hee.nhs.uk.

Public Health Specialists: specialists and consultants are strategists or senior managers or senior scientists. They require skills in all three main 'domains' of public health (health protection, health improvement, healthcare public health), but in practice they may specialise in one area.

We have a statutory responsibility for the training of public health specialists through our postgraduate schools of Public Health.

For more information on Public Health Specialist Training contact LTCP@hee.nhs.uk

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