UKPHR Practitioner Portfolio Assessor
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.
There are 12 practitioner schemes in the UK and practitioners develop portfolios over a period of 12-18 months in a supported learning environment to meet the 34 UKPHR Practitioner Standards.
Demand for registration has increased with more employers and individuals recognising the benefit of UKPHR registration – however the regional schemes rely on Assessors and Verifiers to review practitioner portfolios.
Embedding registration in a workforce requires support from all levels, and the assessor and verifier roles are an essential part of this. The Employer toolkit UKPHR-toolkit_V8-FINAL.pdf shows how this can be achieved.
We are currently recruiting for public health professionals to consider supporting the development of the workforce by undertaking the Assessor role in their local schemes.
Quality assurance is an integral part of UKPHR registration. Both specialist and practitioner retrospective portfolios undergo stringent quality assurance checks to ensure public health professionals are working at a high standard and they are ‘safe pair of hands’. This is essential to ensure UKPHR are upholding their duty of public protection.
Assessors and Verifiers undertake these important quality assurance checks. For practitioner registration, Assessors and Verifiers work at the local scheme level during the compilation of practitioner portfolios.
Assessors and Verifiers undertake training sessions facilitated by UKPHR moderators to gain confidence, knowledge and understanding of the roles and to ensure they are carried out to high standards.
- Contributes towards your own CPD – UKPHR certificated training and appraisal ‘trained to assess’
- Develops a sound grasp of retrospective portfolio building which can help with your own future portfolio development
- Broadens learning and understanding of public health agendas, policies, roles, services, and interventions in other areas through the assessment and verification process and gives interesting insight into the varied workstreams of the practitioner workforce.
- Actively contributing to the development of public health careers of other professionals
- To assess applications by practitioners, and make recommendations to the verification panel (via an online e-portfolio system)
- To provide feedback to applicants on their portfolio of evidence
- To be skilled in assessing evidence submitted to demonstrate competence – successful completion of training is mandatory (2 half day online workshop with a learning task between the sessions)
- To be thoroughly conversant with the public health standards
- To be able to maintain impartiality in the role whilst providing support to applicants
- To be willing and able to devote the necessary time and to give the role appropriate priority
- To be able to provide appropriate references
- To be able to provide evidence of current continuing professional development