Benefits of specialty registrar registration
The rationale for UKPHR specialty registrar registration is that it establishes equivalence with Registrars from a medical background who would be, at the same stage in their training, regulated by the General Medical Council. It brings this group into regulation earlier and provides a pathway to full registration once they gain the appropriate public health experience.
The advantages of Specialty Registrar registration are considered by UKPHR to include:
- Extending regulation to this cohort of the public health workforce, in particular those Specialty Registrars not currently subject to any form of independent regulation, for the purpose of enhancing the protection of the public and upholding and promoting standards in the profession;
- Making available to all Specialty Trainees the opportunity to be accountable to an accredited regulatory body and adhere to agreed professional standards prior to entering into regulation as public health specialists;
- Providing an opportunity for Specialty Registrars to demonstrate their commitment to safeguarding the public and upholding standards in the profession;
- Creating greater commonality between the regulation offered by UKPHR and statutory healthcare regulators and filling gaps in the existing regulatory system.