New members sought for appointment to the Registration Approvals Committee

Two vacancies – at least one must be a UKPHR registrant

UK Public Health Register (UKPHR) is a private company limited by guarantee. Its register, accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under a statutory scheme, is the definitive indicator of competence within the core public health workforce. 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 . UKPHR’s primary objective is to protect the public by ensuring that only competent public health professionals are registered (quality assurance) and aims to ensure that registrants maintain high standards of practice after achieving registration, for example through our CPD requirements (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 Public Health Skills & Knowledge Framework. Registrants work across the three domains of public health (health improvement, public health healthcare services and health protection) including in science, knowledge & intelligence and academia.

The role and purpose of the Registration Approvals Committee

UKPHR Board is supported by a Registration Approvals Committee which has the duty of granting or refusing admission to the Register for those who have completed the process. It reviews recommendations made by the Registration Panel.

Key areas of responsibility

  • Ratifying the Registration Panel’s recommendations on applications for registration, including re-registration
  • Overseeing the functions of the Fitness to Practise Panel and assuring the quality of the process for handling information concerning the conduct, state of health and professional performance of individual registrant
  • Ratifying the recommendations made by the Registration Panel assessors against the assessment criteria for generalist specialists, defined specialists and practitioners
  • Discussing any issues surrounding recommendations, process, quality assurance and any other issues that the Registration Panel refers to or wishes to discuss with the Registrar and the Committee
  • Advising the Board on relevant policy issues
  • Providing support to the Board where the Board requires and to act in accordance with UKPHR’s standards for the quality of the assessment process

The selection process for members will ensure that the Committee has

  • at least one person holding UKPHR registration
  • at least one lay member

Successful candidates will have a strong commitment to protecting and improving the health and wellbeing of the public in either a professional or a lay capacity. They will show an appreciation of professional regulation and the delivery of professional services within a public service environment.  They will be familiar with the better regulation principles and have experience relevant to the delivery of those standards.

The Board will have responsibility for selection. Appointments are for three years, with a possibility of renewal for up to a further three years.  The time commitment will be attendance to monthly RAC meetings held via teleconference, with one meeting per year proposed with personal attendance.

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

Application process and timetable

Application is by CV and statement. Your statement should include why you would like to become a member of RAC and why your experience is suitable. The closing date for applications is 9th September 2016.

Your CV and statement should be sent for the attention of David Kidney at UKPHR either by email to or by post to UKPHR, 18c, Mclaren Building, 46, Priory Queensway, Birmingham B4 7LR by 16.30 hrs on the closing date.

Applications will be considered by UKPHR and you will be advised of the outcome by email.

UKPHR looks forward to hearing from you and if you require anything further please do not hesitate to contact David Kidney at