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Continuous Professional Development

In Public Health, the overall aim of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is to ensure that those who work in the field develop and maintain the necessary knowledge, skills and attributes to practise effectively and work towards improving the health of the population.

CPD is a core part of the Good Public Health Practice Framework and a requirement of many professional bodies including FPH, UKPHR, GMC including for revalidation.

CPD requirements for registered Practitioners and Specialists will vary depending on your professional regulator.  It is a registrant’s personal responsibility to keep their learning and development up to date.

This page will act as a source of information for CPD opportunities that are available through the South West Population and Public Health Academy for all Public Health Professionals.

Routes to Specialist Registration

Specialty Training Programme – more information about recruitment to the Training Programme can be found on the Severn Postgraduate Medical Education website.

Portfolio Route to registration – more information can be found on the UK Public Health Register website.


Practitioner registration

HEE in the South West supports the public health practitioner scheme and practitioner development. The Practitioner scheme is recruited to four times a year.  Practitioner applications are invited following the delivery of our quarterly introductory webinars which provide an overview of the scheme and the support available. 

Events in the South West

 The Academy organises various events for colleagues in the South West. There are three main events included in the calendar each year, details of which can be found below:

  • South West Public Health Scientific Conference: Held in March of each year, the Scientific Conference offers a unique opportunity to showcase both service and university based public health research and evaluation from across the South West. The programme delivers an exciting mix of plenary presentations, parallel sessions and mini oral presentations/posters.
  • South West Public Health Development School: Held in October each year, the South West Public Health Development School provides a unique opportunity for people working in a variety of fields within public health to expand their public health horizons. The Development School is a one-day event boasting a vibrant mix of workshops and learning activities.
  • South West Public Health Annual Training Conference:  Held in June each year, all Public Health Specialty registrars, specialty tutors, academic, educational and activity supervisors in the South West are invited to this conference.  An event to take stock of the past year’s training activities whilst looking forward and planning for next year..

All events can be found on our events page. If you have any questions on whether you are eligible to attend any event, please contact england.publichealth.sw@nhs.net.


South West Public Health Supervisors

All South West Public health Specialty Registrars currently training have an accredited Educational Supervisor, an Academic Supervisor and will be supported for individual projects by an Activity Supervisor.

For accredited Supervisors in the South West, Health Education England offer a range of CPD opportunities which can be found on the Severn Postgraduate Medical Education events page.

For more information on Supervision or becoming a Supervisor in the South West, please see the dedicated trainer section on the school website.


Additional Training Opportunities in the South West

Health Protection course: In 2021, the Academy procured Health Protection shorts courses being delivered by the University of the West of England and University of Exeter with places available that are fully funded by HEE.

A minimum of two courses will run each year for the next three years, with places allocated to individuals nominated through Directors of Public Health and/or line managers.

Further opportunities are also available on an ad-hoc basis. Please contact england.publichealth.sw@nhs.net for more details on any of the training opportunities.

For more information or if you have any queries, please email england.publichealth.sw@nhs.net.