Public Health Apprenticeship

Public Health Practitioner – Level 6 Apprenticeship

Background

The Public Health Practitioner Level 6 (L6 PHP) Apprenticeship is a 36-month integrated degree programme approved by the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education. Public Health England London is supporting the delivery of the Apprenticeship programme; working closely with a wide range of local employers. This is an opportunity for anyone interested in promoting, improving and protecting health to gain a BSc Public Health (Hons) degree and pursue public health practitioner registration with UKPHR. 

For the London Region the taught content of the apprenticeship is delivered by Coventry University, with the first cohort due to commence on the 17th of January 2022. The practice-focussed nature of the course will empower students to work independently and collaboratively and thrive as part of a team of public health professionals. The programme also instils the importance of maintaining academic and professional ethical standards, expected by employers, academic institutions, and the public health profession.

The Public Health Practitioner L6 Degree Apprenticeship – Employers Video

What is a Public Health Practitioner?

Public Health Practitioners work as part of a national workforce that strives to help people and communities to maximise their potential for a healthy, happy and productive life, and to live healthier for longer. Public Health Practitioners work in all the domains of Public Health:

Health Protection: Protecting people’s health (for example from environmental or biological threats, such as outbreaks of infectious diseases, food poisoning or radiation).

Health Care Public Health: Ensuring that our health services are the most effective, most efficient and equally accessible (including access to screening and vaccination programmes).

Health Improvement: Improving people’s health (for example by helping people quit smoking or improving their living conditions).

Typical public health job titles:

  1. Public Health Practitioner​
  2. Health Protection Practitioner​
  3. Health Improvement Practitioner​
  4. Public Health Intelligence Officer​
  5. Public Health Data Analyst​
  6. Tobacco Control Lead​
  7. Workplace Health Advisor​
  8. Immunisation Programme Co-ordinator​
  9. Accident Prevention Officer​
  10. Community Development Worker​
  11. Community Engagement Officer​
  12. Public Health Project Manager​
  13. Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator

Key Features

  • New Talent – creates a new alternative post-16 career route for people wanting to get into Public Health as a career, ideal for anyone who would prefer a paid work-based route into Public Health roles.
  • Career Development – makes provision for both new entrants and an opportunity to support internal career progression for administrative/project officer type roles where career progression into other Public Health Practitioner roles may previously have been limited.
  • Transferable skills – involves exposure to new knowledge and experiences that will support apprentices to take up a wide variety of health and social care roles.
  • Blended training – 80% on-the-job training and 20% off-the-job training. The apprenticeship programme involves a degree programme which forms the 20% off the job training. The degree apprenticeship will be organised using a blended learning approach.
  • Certification– Upon successful completion of the three-year apprenticeship programme, apprentices will receive a BSc Public Health degree.
  • Occupationally Competent – On completion, apprentices are eligible to apply for UKPHR registration. Registration provides assurance, public protection and recognition of achievement.

London Region Next Steps

Employers:

  1. Have a look through the links and resources below, to answer any questions you may have.
  2. Speak to your HR team and/or your organisation’s apprenticeship lead for guidance on recruiting an apprentice.
  3. Contact the PHE London Workforce Development team (LondonWorkforce@phe.gov.uk) so you can be added to the Employers Task & Finish Group.

Prospective Apprentices:

  1. Have a look through the links and resources below, to get a better understanding of the Apprenticeship and if it is suitable for you.
  2. Speak to your current organisation to see if it is possible to undertake the apprenticeship with them and/or look out for L6 PHP Apprenticeship jobs being advertised.

Links & Resources

Overview of the L6 PHP Apprenticeship:

  1. Implementation Guidance for Employers, Training Providers and Apprentices
  2. Occupational duties for Public Health Practitioner Apprentice
  3. The Institute for apprenticeships
  4. PHP Apprenticeship Animation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wMDN9UDtm8
  5. Apprenticeships Overview (HEE)
  6. L6 Public Health Practitioner Apprenticeship (PHE)
  7. Coventry University Public Health Apprenticeship

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. FAQ Sheet 1
  2. FAQ Sheet 2

Contact Details:

If you have any questions or want further information contact the PHE London Workforce Development Team on LondonWorkforce@phe.gov.uk.