Assessors and Verifiers

Assessors and Verifiers play a key role in providing assurances to the UKPHR that practitioners successfully completing their portfolio have demonstrated their competence appropriately.

Assessors

Assessors are appointed by local schemes following confirmation of satisfactory completion of initial training by the UKPHR. They must complete a minimum of two whole assessments per year. UKPHR deliver development sessions for assessors each year. Assessors are expected to attend at least one of these events every two years. They are also required to participate in teleconferences as organised by their local schemes.

Requirements of Assessor Role:

  • To be skilled in assessing evidence submitted to demonstrate competence – successful completion of training is mandatory
  • To be thoroughly conversant with the public health standards
  • To be able to maintain impartiality in the role whilst providing support to applicants
  • To be willing and able to devote the necessary time and to give the role appropriate priority
  • To be able to provide appropriate references
  • To be able to provide evidence of current continuing professional development

Verifiers

Verifiers are appointed by local schemes following confirmation of satisfactory completion of initial training by the UKPHR. They must attend a minimum of one verification panel per year. If this requirement cannot be met for any reason verifiers will need to retrain. UKPHR deliver development sessions for verifiers each year. Verifiers are expected to attend at least one of these events every two years.

Requirements of Verifier Role:

  • To be a registered public health specialist with the GMC, the GDC or the UKPHR.
  • To be in good standing and to have held a consultant or senior specialist post or a post of equivalent responsibility, for at least three years.
  • To be skilled in providing independent scrutiny of the portfolio of evidence submitted to demonstrate competence. Attendance at training is mandatory.
  • To be thoroughly conversant with the public health standards
  • To be able to maintain impartiality in the role
  • To be willing and able to devote the necessary time and to give the role appropriate priority
  • To be able to provide appropriate references
  • To be able to provide evidence of current continuing professional development