UKPHR Specialist Moderator
The Specialist Registration by Portfolio Assessment route
This is a retrospective portfolio assessment route. It sits alongside the well-established Standard route for registration of public health specialists who have successfully completed the Public Health Training Programme. Applications are through a two stage process, and are considered by trained UKPHR assessors, and evaluated against the Specialist Registration by Portfolio Assessment framework of competencies.
The moderator role
The role is designed to help ensure that assessment standards and processes are:
- In line with UKPHR policy
Moderators also assist with the interpretation of competencies andprovide support for assessors.
The time commitment is variable, but a Moderator can expect commitments several days each month. UKPHR’s staff provide full administrative support.
UKPHR pays Moderators sessionally for their moderation services. A day rate plus expenses are payable. Expenses incurred in connection with carrying out the post holder’s duties will be reimbursed.
- To sample assessments (at least one every two months on average) and highlight issues concerning the standard of assessment; to provide feedback to individual assessors and to assessors as a group through the Registration Panel, UKPHR’s office, development days and other methods as agreed.
- To provide advice and support to assessors on request, whilst they are undertaking assessments.
- To lead specialist assessor development sessions (two/three per year are currently run).
- To propose change to assessment practice if necessary.
- To draw attention of the Board, Registration Panel, and Registration Policy Group and assessors to principles and policy issues concerning the maintenance of assessment competencies and matters of interpretation.
- To report to the Registrar at least once each year and agree work priorities for the year ahead.
- To attend Registration Panel and Registration Policy Group meetings.
- To draft supplementary guidance following discussion and agreement for both assessors and applicants and maintain such guidance.
- To lead to the training of new specialist assessors.
- To be involved in reviews of the specialist route to the Register and other developments affecting the strategic direction of registration, to help to ensure the quality of assessment is maintained or improved.
Essential Skills and knowledge:
- To have held a consultant or senior specialist post or a post of equivalent responsibility in multi-disciplinary public health, in the five years prior to application.
- To be of good standing with a suitable professional regulator as a public health specialist, and/or able to provide appropriate references.
- To have current Continuing Professional Development registration with a suitable professional body or provide other evidence of being up to date
- To be experienced in the education, training and assessment of others, normally within the field of multi-disciplinary public health
- To be skilled in assessing evidence submitted to demonstrate competence in knowledge and its application in practice
- To have a general understanding of the principles of audit and quality assurance
- To be thoroughly conversant with the public health competences required for registration (following induction)
- To be able to maintain independence and impartiality in the role, whilst being supportive of assessors’ work
- To be able to devote the necessary time and to give the role appropriate priority
- Effective management of self and staff
Desirable Skills and Knowledge
- Experience in Strategic Planning
- Involvement in design or operation of schemes of CPD and revalidation