Public Health Practitioner (UKPHR)

‘Public Health Practitioners’ are key members of our public health workforce and have a great influence on the health and wellbeing of individuals, groups, communities and populations. They work across the full breadth of public health, from health improvement and health protection to health information, community development and nutrition. Unlike a public health specialist, a practitioner may only work in one or two areas of public health.  

Many public health practitioners are seeking to demonstrate their professional competence by registering with UKPHR. This is a voluntary register for public health practitioners. To be eligible to apply for registration you should be working as a public health professional and have had at least two years’ work experience in an autonomous public health role. You are required to compile a portfolio which is based on your own work and you will therefore need this amount of experience to be able to meet all the practitioner registration standards.

The South West Practitioner Scheme is hosted and co-ordinated by Health Education England South West. For more information go to:

Further information can found on the UKPHR website: practitioner registration:

UK Public Health Register – How to apply for practitioner registration (

Public Health Practitioner roles and career information can be found here: