Development Programme

The Practitioner Development Programme supports practitioners who wish to develop their portfolio of evidence against the UK Public Health Register (UKPHR) Practitioner Standards.

Practitioners on the Wessex Public Health Practitioner Development Programme will benefit from a range of support and development opportunities.

The development programme includes:

  • Induction Day – Practitioners are given clear instructions on what they need to do and how they will be supported to complete their portfolio.
  • 1-2-1 sessions – supporting individuals plan their portfolio and the pieces of work they will use to demonstrate the Practitioner Standards.
  • Insights Profile – an online psychometric Insights Discovery profile assessment to help Practitioners understand themselves. This is followed by a 1-2-1 feedback session.
  • Portfolio Development Groups – action learning where Practitioners work through their pieces of work as a group.
  • Masterclasses – support the knowledge development of Practitioners with respect to the Standards.
  • e-portfolio – used by Practitioners to produce their electronic portfolios.

The Public Health Practitioner Programme is provided by Dr Jo Newton who has been delivering this programme for many years for Wessex. To find out more about Jo click HERE .

When a Practitioner is ready for assessment the assessment and verification process starts which leads to recommending the Practitioner for registration.

Practitioners normally submit a completed portfolio within 12 months of being accepted onto the programme. Employers are advised that Practitioners should be supported to access protected time to complete their portfolio. This is outlined below:

– Induction Day – 1 day
– Portfolio Development Groups – 5 days
– Practitioner Masterclasses – 4 days

Practitioners are informed at recruitment it is expected that all writing of commentaries and production of the portfolio will be completed in their own time. However their employers will support them to access the above days during work time.

It is recommended that in addition to the above days, Practitioners should be supported to access 3 days (pro-rata) to gather evidence from current work to contribute to their portfolio.