Public Health Practitioner Scheme- Welcome!

As of June 2021, there are 44 registered practitioners in the East of England, with a further 18 currently developing portfolios and 48 practitioners in our "development cohort" preparing for registration by completing the relevant CPD.

Public Health Practitioners are key members of the Public Health workforce and can have a great influence on the health and wellbeing of individuals, groups, communities and populations.  They work across the full breadth of Public Health from health improvement and health protection, to health information, community development and nutrition, in a wide range of settings from the NHS and local government to the voluntary and private sectors.

As well as supporting practitioners to develop a retrospective portfolio for registration with UKPHR, there is a comprehensive programme of master classes designed to support the wider public health workforce. These sessions are suitable for everyone working in public health settings and there is no cost. For further information please click on the CPD link to the right.

If you are interested in becoming a UKPHR registered practitioner, please complete the short online introductory course here and then register your interest by emailing 

To be eligible to join the East of England Scheme, you need to work in one of the following counties: Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire or Hertfordshire and Milton Keynes. If you are working in a different area please see the UKPHR website here   You also need to have been working at Level 5 or above for two years, as defined by the Skills for Health Career Framework

The process to gain UKPHR Registration- UPDATED June 2021

To express an interest in joining the scheme, please use the Expression of Interest form below. 

To submit a formal application to join the scheme (after you have completed the Information Session), please complete the Self assessment form below and submit with your application form, CV and JD to 

M. 07708 705150

For more information on the East of England Scheme, please contact

Alix Sheppard, Scheme Coordinator

*Any complaints or concerns with the Practitioner Scheme may be made to the Head of School of Public Health, Jan Yates, or via the School Quality lead, for investigation and action 




Can I start my portfolio now?

Yes! We actively encourage members of the public health workforce to begin developing their portfolio for registration at the earliest opportunity. 

The first step is to complete the online course detailed above and register your interest with the scheme coordinator. Portfolio Skills workshops are held online at regular intervals throughout the year and we have a comprehensive set of e-learning resources you can use to develop your portfolio which you can access here

It is a challenging process but well worth it!

"I feel more credible as a practitioner which can only be helpful moving forward It has exposed me to more development opportunities that I have been able to take advantage of"

"Writing commentaries has made me realise what I have achieved- a real confidence boost It has been helpful in thinking about our careers moving forward"

" I am surprised by how the process of writing in a more reflective way has made me think differently"

"Getting to know others working in different areas of practice and understanding the scope of their work has been valuable and the network is one we can take forward with us"

I am interested in becoming a UKPHR Assessor/Verifier

The benefits of the role:

  • Contribute to the development of public health careers for individuals.
  • Support the professional development of public health practitioners
  • UKPHR certificated training and appraisal that can contribute to your own CPD – ‘trained to assess’, and on-going training
  • Enhances your understanding of how the full range and scope of public health knowledge and skills are applied to the implementation of public health interventions by practitioners
  • Broadens your appreciation of public health agendas, policies, roles, services and interventions in other areas – both geographical and service area
  • Develops a sound grasp of retrospective portfolio building which could help with own future portfolio development

These roles are flexible and carried out remotely, full training is provided by UKPHR.

Please email 

What CPD opportunities are available?

The whole process of developing a portfolio enables you to review your key public health knowledge and skills, identifying areas for further development. We have commissioned the Faculty of Public Health Accredited Practitioner Programme, a series of 6 half day workshops delivered online. You can find out about the FPH accredited programme here The Public Health Practitioners Accredited Programme - FPH

We also recommend you use the new Training Directory which can be found here, to update your theoretical public health knowledge

We have developed a series of workshops "Project Management for Public Health Practitioners" which is delivered over 2 half day sessions. 

Email for our full CPD programme

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