The South West of England Scheme is available to staff working in the following local authority areas:

  • Bath and North East Somerset
  • Bristol
  • South Gloucestershire
  • Wiltshire
  • North Somerset
  • Somerset
  • Devon
  • Torbay
  • Plymouth
  • Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

The scheme is a support programme to enable registration with the UK Public Health Register (UKPHR) as a Public Health Practitioner. Application to the register can only be made through a local scheme. Bristol City Council is the host organisation for the West of England scheme.

Applications are welcome from across the breadth of public health practice and employers. Practitioners may work within the public, private and third sectors, in a multitude of roles, including those that do not necessarily have ‘public health’ as part of the job title. The term ‘Public Health Practitioner’ is designed to describe a level of practice, not a specific role or type of job.

Registration requirements

Application to the register requires demonstration of knowledge, understanding and application, through a compiled portfolio.

Under the South West of England scheme, practitioners develop a retrospective portfolio which is assessed against UKPHR Public Health Practitioner standards for registration.

What support is available?

Practitioners on the scheme are supported through facilitated portfolio development learning sets to enable them to complete a developmental portfolio that evidences competence against the UKPHR practitioner standards over a period of 12-18 months. Peer support is crucial, with practitioners benefitting from sharing their work with each other, and talking through any concerns at the learning sets. Practitioners are encouraged to work with a mentor, and are all assigned a UKPHR-trained assessor.

Through this process, the scheme assesses and verifies portfolio development, and ensures practitioners are ready to apply for registration with UKPHR.

The South West of England scheme uses an e-portfolio system.

For more information please contact Mark Jeffries, Coordinator for the South West Scheme: mark.jefferies@bristol.gov.uk

Further information is also available via Bristol City Council.

Building your Portfolio – a new resource

A new resource has been published on the Royal Society for Public Health website to support public health professionals who are preparing their practitioner portfolios for assessment. The document can be downloaded from RSPH by clicking here