UKPHR Board Member

Website UKPHR1 UK Public Health Register

Protecting the public - improving practice

UKPHR Board Member

Employer: UK Public Health Register
Department: Board
Location: Nationwide but based in Birmingham for Board meetings
Salary: Unremunerated but travel and subsistence expenses are reimbursed
Type: 3 year term, with possibility of renewal for further 3 years

Closing date: 2nd September 2019

We are seeking new Directors to appoint to our Board in 2019

As a result of retirements, we would like to appoint up to four new Directors to our Board before the end of 2019.

Role Descriptors

We set out in our Role Descriptor for Directors the requirements applicants for appointment will need to demonstrate. These include:

  • A strong commitment to protecting and improving the health and wellbeing of the public in either a lay or professional capacity;
  • A good understanding of professional regulation and an appreciation of the principles of good regulation;
  • Board or Committee experience demonstrating the ability to think strategically, look outward and hold an organisation to account;
  • Experience of establishing good relations with a range of external stakeholders.

We set out in our Role Descriptor for the Board our requirements for Board members’:

  • Status, influence, contacts or public standing;
  • Specialist skills or knowledge; and
  • Representation of those with a stake or interest in UKPHR’s work.

The Role Descriptor explains how the Board will seek to maintain a balance of skills, knowledge and geographic and sectoral representation in the Board’s composition.

Current Directors include:

David Evans
Professor in Health Services Research
University of the West of England

Andrew Jones
Deputy Director of Public Health Services
Public Health Wales

Viv Speller
Health Development Consultant

Duncan Vernon
Public Health Specialist, until recently Specialty Registrar

Selection process and commitment

Our Board will have responsibility for selection.

Applications will be considered by a selection panel comprised of existing Directors and advised by the Chief Executive.

Appointments are for up to three years, with a possibility of renewal for up to a further three years.

Time commitment will be for around 10 days a year for Board members.

The positions are unremunerated but reasonable travel and subsistence expenses are reimbursed.

For further information, please see the accompanying Role Descriptors.

Application process and timetable

Application is by CV and application form.

The closing date for applications is Monday 02 September 2019, 16.00hrs latest

Your CV and completed application form should be sent:

For the attention of David Kidney, Chief Executive, UKPHR

either by email to

or by post to UKPHR, 18c, Mclaren Building, 46, Priory Queensway, Birmingham B4 7LR

Please note – interviews

Interviews will be held in the week commencing Monday 16 September 2019. Candidates are asked when returning the application form to indicate any dates when they would be unavailable for interview, if invited.

UKPHR is a private company limited by guarantee and a registered Charity.

Its register, accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under a statutory scheme, is the definitive indicator of competence of public health specialists and practitioners. The register is available for public inspection and registration is the recognised yardstick of safe, competent practice in the UK.

UKPHR was established in 2003 as a voluntary register for multidisciplinary public health Specialists. It has since developed to be the register of Specialty Registrars and public health Practitioners also.

UKPHR’s primary objective is to protect the public by ensuring that only competent public health professionals are registered (quality assurance).

We aim to ensure that registrants maintain high standards of practice after achieving registration, for example through our CPD requirements and re-registration, which will soon become revalidation (quality maintenance and enhancement).

Registration is available to public health specialists – General and Defined – as well as Specialty Registrars and public health practitioners working at or above Level 5 (autonomous practice) of the original Public Health Skills & Knowledge Framework.

We are reviewing our standards for practitioner registration, partly in response to the revision of the Framework in 2016. We are also reviewing currently the portfolio assessment routes to registration for specialists.

Registrants work in the three domains of public health – health improvement, public health healthcare services and health protection – including in science, knowledge & intelligence and academia.

The governance and operational structure of UKPHR were streamlined in 2013 with the formation of a new, smaller Board, all of whose members are Directors of the Company. In 2014 the Board restructured the paid staff and relocated UKPHR from London to Birmingham. In 2015 the Company achieved charitable status.

The Board comprises a Chair, a Vice Chair and up to 10 other Directors.

The role and purpose of the Board

The Board’s VISION for UKPHR is:

We will protect the public and promote continuous improvement in public health practice by providing a regulatory home for the UK’s public health workforce and assuring registrants’ competence.

The Board’s MISSION is:

To be a self-sustaining and effective regulator for the public health workforce.

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