Public Health Practitioners work across the breadth of public health to protect and improve the health and well-being of communities and individuals, and reduce health inequalities.

The Thames Valley Public Health Practitioner Development Scheme has been running since 2012.  The scheme is a quality assured local assessment programme to enable practitioners to join the UK Public Health Register (UKPHR) and gain professional Practitioner Registration. 

The scheme is open to those working in the Thames Valley area – Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and Oxfordshire.  For those working outside the area, please see UKPHR for your local scheme.

What is expected of practitioners applying to the Scheme?  

Individuals successfully accepted on to the scheme’s cohort will be expected to submit three pieces of work to create an e-portfolio of evidence to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and application of their ability to work at Level 5 of the career framework.  There are 8 themes (34 standards) to address, which have been mapped to the Public Health Skills & Knowledge Framework.

The portfolio of evidence will be reviewed by UKPHR trained assessors and verified by a panel to inform a recommendation to UKPHR.

The individual will be expected to submit their completed e-portfolio within ten months.  Interested applicants should carefully consider the amount of work involved and the amount of personal time expected to be able to meet deadlines.

The scheme supports practitioners through the provision of four learning sets during the year, facilitated by an educator. The individual will be mentored by a Registered Practitioner.   Individuals are also encouraged to attend the Faculty of Public Health Masterclasses.

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on public health work, applications for the 2021 scheme will be postponed.

Check this website for more details later in the year.

If you have any queries about the scheme, please contact

For more information on a career as a public health practitioner see NHS Careers

See also further reading on Mapping the Core Public Health Workforce, the 2019 review of The Wider Public Health Workforce, and the Wider Public Health Workforce 

The Faculty of Public Health supports ‘Practitioner Membership’.

“The  process trains you to be more reflective and identify improvements in your practice” (previous participant)