North West Public Health Practitioner Scheme

The Vision

The North West Public Health Practitioner Scheme (NWPHPS) is for the public health workforce across this footprint. Participants on the programme are provided with an opportunity to complete a retrospective portfolio, which demonstrates their Public Health work and competency through three written commentaries. These three commentaries demonstrate a practitioners ‘Understanding’ ‘Knowledge’ and ‘Application’ of the 34 practitioner standards (see the link for more details Practitioner Standards.)

Why is it important?

  • Professional registration with the UKPHR brings a significant opportunity to become part of a quality assured public health workforce providing clear professional identification
  • Registration leads to the attainment of core standards required to demonstrate safe and competent practice
  • The scheme helps to promote the professional development of the middle tiers of the Public Health workforce

What are we doing?

Champs Support Team co-ordinates and facilitates the delivery of the scheme on behalf of the North West Region.

From October 2020 we are making it easier to apply to join the scheme, by introducing a series of online portfolio development workshops and a rolling programme of application. The process below will be delivered quarterly enabling more practitioners to apply and gain registration when the time is right for them. Practitioners are encouraged to start to prepare for UKPHR registration at any point in their career by following the steps outlined here and also by completing the UKPHR Intro session here 

The next Scheme Information Session will be held on Thursday 16th September 2021 9am -12pm. Please email to book a place.

Please click here for the UKPHR Employer Toolkit which explains how to embed practitioner registration and development in your organisation and workforce.

This session is also suitable for line managers, prospective assessors and anyone interested in finding out more about UKPHR registration in the North West region.
Please share this with your networks, people wishing to join should complete the Expression of Interest form which can be found here

Practitioner Pathway to UKPHR registration

Following attendance at an information session, you can access the formal Application pack

View the Public Health Practitioner’s Education and Training Directory here


Steering Group

The North West Steering Group (chaired by Martin Smith) has overall responsibility for the development and operational running of the practitioner programme. 

The NWPHPS Steering Group has representation from the North West sub regions: South Cumbria, Cheshire & Merseyside and Greater Manchester.

As the Champs Public Health Collaborative is host to the programme, the programme reports to the Cheshire and Merseyside Directors of Public Health Executive Board as part of their performance monitoring arrangements. 


More information


The UK Public Health Register is an independent, dedicated regulator for public health professionals in the United Kingdom, providing professional regulation to public health specialists. Visit their website here:


Alix Sheppard is the Scheme Co-ordinator. Email