The development and growth of multi-disciplinary public health in the UK -lessons for replication.



The UK Faculty of Public Health (FPH), established in 1972 by the three UK Royal Colleges of Physicians to provide a professional home to the specialist public health workforce - who were increasingly expected to have a standard of education and training equivalent to all other medical specialties. FPH has been at the forefront of leading the development of Public Health Training since then and has built a reputation for high professional standards and internationally recognised qualifications. Whilst originally purely a medical specialty, the skills and contributions of the wider public health workforce led to changes in the specialist training scheme in the 1990s. Entry to the training scheme is now through open competition and attracts candidates from a range of different backgrounds, including medicine and other health-related fields, but which now includes a wide range of social sciences and other training and career backgrounds. FPH has revised the specialty training curriculum on several occasions, most recently in 2015, to now cover ten key areas of competence relating to the three domains of public health practice and includes key areas such as strategic leadership and collaborative working, as well personal and ethical development. Key Messages: 1 Multi-disciplinary public health approaches add value to a purely medical training approach. 2 The UK system demonstrates – and has benefitted from - this added value. 3 Colleagues may wish to consider whether such a move may add value to the training in their own setting.


David Allen

UK Faculty of Public Health

I've been CEO at the professional body for public health specialists in public health since 2013 - a brilliant job and one I feel very lucky and proud to undertake. I work with a large number of members and partner organisations to build our work in education, standards-setting and also in our roles acting as an advocacy body and developing and promoting knowledge about public health. Before this role I worked in the voluntary sector for a large disability charity, leading on prevention of blindness across the UK and in Europe - and even earlier, in research and management of services to blind people at regional, national and UK levels.
I'm a keen sportsman, currently attempting to improve my triathlon performances to justify spending too much money on a very nice bike...and recently began my journey learning about the benefits of yoga...
Do come and say hello if you see me during the conference!