Public Health Workforce Development

The Vision

To maximise public health skills and knowledge across health, care and public health workforces. 

Why is it important?

  • To provide an opportunity for health, care and public health professionals to develop and expand their learning and knowledge.
  • To maximise capability in the public health workforce and ensure up-to-date knowledge and skills are shared.
  • To provide a foundation for any future public health training.

What are we doing?

  • Delivering a wide range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) learning events
  • Delivering a Health Protection Learning and Development Programme
  • Promoting available population health learning resources and programmes

Our Cheshire and Merseyside Public Health Workforce Development Programme incorporates: 

North West Public Health Practitioner Scheme

The North West Practitioner Registration Scheme and the Scheme Coordinator are hosted and funded by Health Education England to provide the Practitioner Scheme for the sub region (South Cumbria and Lancashire, Cheshire & Merseyside, and Greater Manchester)

As well as supporting practitioners to develop a retrospective portfolio for registration with UKPHR, there is a comprehensive programme of CPD designed to support the public health workforce.

The scheme can offer guidance for employers on how to embed UKPHR registration in their organisation as well as support for practitioners who wish to commence portfolio development to gain UKPHR registration. There are also a number of opportunities for senior members of the workforce to develop skills in assessment and QA. For further information go to the HEE website here

UKPHR Specialist Portfolio support

The Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) has recently agreed to provide support to a network of public professionals across the UK who are progressing through the portfolio route to UKPHR Specialist qualification. 

The support involves virtual monthly meetings and a forum to seek advice and share resources. Anyone currently completing the portfolio or considering pre-application, as part of the SRbPA route, is welcome to join the network. 

Please email if you have any questions or to return the registration form available here.