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Supporting the workforce

Core public health workforce

The core public health workforce is made up of public health practitioners and public health specialists.

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 PHP@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.

HEE supports public health specialists through:

  • ensures workforce is adequately resourced to meet future demand as outlined in the Fit for the Future – Public Health People
  • has 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 PHP@hee.nhs.uk