UKPHR Chief Executive

Website UKPHR1 UK Public Health Register

Protecting the public - improving practice

We are inviting applications for the post of UKPHR’s Chief Executive

As a result of retirement, we would like to appoint a new Chief Executive to lead our team of employees, support our Board and manage our wider networks.

  • Would you like to work with our Board as the strategic leader for our Public Health Register, overseeing standards of competence in public health practice and the development of this important workforce?
  • Are you highly motivated, self-disciplined, calm under pressure and capable of organising your thoughts and your time over policy development, strategic leadership and people management?
  • Are you up for fresh challenges as part of a small but dedicated team whose focus is public protection and whose ethos is high-quality services by ourselves and by our registrants?

If you can answer “yes” to these questions , we would welcome your application for appointment to the post of Chief Executive. It offers a competitive salary, employer contribution to pension, reimbursement of all reasonable expenses and support for your Continuing Professional Development.

Our working assumption has been that we will appoint a Chief Executive who will be a full-time employee of UKPHR. However, we are committed to innovation as well as diversity and equality and will be open to flexible alternative arrangements such as less than full-time, job-share, co-working or similar. Our top concern is UKPHR’s future success and sustainability.

Job Description

We set out in our Job Description the requirements of this new post. They include:

  • Maintain and enhance UKPHR’s role as a regulator, promoting public confidence in public health practice in the UK.
  • Deliver an effective registration process including for applicants for registration and for registrants.
  • Ensure that regulatory processes are fit for purpose including those relating to surveillance, intelligence gathering, receipt of complaints, investigation of fitness to practise issues and fair procedures.
  • Ensure that robust arrangements are in place and operated effectively to secure continuing professional development of UKPHR’s paid staff and registrants and that registrants undergo regular re-registration and/or revalidation processes.
  • Ensure that UKPHR works co-operatively with public health partners and engages regularly with other stakeholders.

The full Job Description is available here.

Person Specification

We set out in our Person Specification our requirements for the post-holder’s skills, knowledge and understanding. They include:

  • Leading an organisation or leading change in a work environment
  • Experience in Strategic Planning; experience of engagement at a senior level in policy development in any relevant sector
  • An interest in and involvement in aspects of public health in the UK.
  • Up to date IT competence and experience of communication with a range of audiences and using a range of media;
  • Knowledge and application of data protection legislation and rules relating to confidentiality.

The full Person Specification is available here.

Application process and timetable

To apply for this job, you must send to UKPHR by the closing date:

  1. An up to date CV; and
  2. A written application (in the form provided by UKPHR, please click here to download the application form)

Please send your CV and written application:

For the attention of Andrew Jones, Chair, UKPHR

either by email to

or by post to UKPHR, 16a, Mclaren Building, 46, Priory Queensway, Birmingham B4 7LR

The closing date for application is Tuesday 08 September 2020 at 10.00hrs.

Selection process

Our Board will have responsibility for selection.

Applicants who are shortlisted for interview will ideally be available for interview during the week commencing 14 September 2020.

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by a selection panel consisting of Board members and an external stakeholder (maximum of four persons in all).

Please note:

It is intended that interviews will be held during the week commencing 14 September 2020. Applicants should state when applying if they would be unavailable for interview on this date.

Information about UK Public Health Register (UKPHR)

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.

The governance and operational structure of UKPHR were streamlined in 2013 with the formation of a new, smaller Board. All Board members are directors of the Company and trustees of the charity.

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 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 have changed the retrospective portfolio assessment route to registration for specialists.

We have reviewed our standards for practitioner registration, partly in response to the revision of the Public Health Skills & Knowledge Framework in 2016.

We are in the process of  arranging for revalidation of all registrants every 5 years.

Registrants work across all the domains of public health, including health improvement, public health healthcare services, health protection, data management and analysis, intelligence and academia.

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.

Data protection

In accordance with the Data Protection Act, the information you provide in your application, and any supporting documents, will be used to assess your suitability for the role advertised. It will not be released to anyone who does not require it for this purpose. If you are able to offer your services in the role advertised, this information will form the basis of your personnel file within UKPHR, otherwise it will be destroyed six months after your application, unless you give us permission to hold it on file.

Equality and diversity

Applications are encouraged from all candidates regardless of ethnicity, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity. We particularly welcome applications from women, those with a disability and those from a black or ethnic minority background.

We would also particularly welcome applications from those currently working in, or with experience of, the voluntary sector. We want to explore the widest possible pool of talent for these important appointments.

Offering an Interview to Disabled People

A disabled applicant who meets the minimum criteria for this position will be offered an interview.

The Equality Act 2010 defines a person as disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment and the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. If you wish to indicate that you are disabled or have a long-term health condition, please tell us in or with your application.

Flexible working practices

UKPHR supports flexible working practices and as a national organisation has video conferencing and virtual meeting technologies available for communication. Remote working is therefore available subject always to satisfying the Board that sound management of resources will be achieved.


The role will be based in Birmingham, UK.

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