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 are appointed by local schemes following confirmation of satisfactory completion of initial training by the UKPHR. 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 assessor forum calls 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 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:
- A registered Public Health Consultant/Specialist with the GMC, the GDC or UKPHR, of good standing and to be in or have held a consultant or senior specialist post or a post of equivalent responsibility.
- Public Health Specialty Trainees who are in the last 6 months of ST4, or in ST5. They may be able to use the verifier role to contribute towards some of their competencies.