Practitioner Registration

UKPHR Public Health Register

The Vision

The North West Public Health Practitioner Scheme (NWPHPS) is for the senior public health workforce across the region, to support them to gain UKPHR practitioner registration. Participants on the programme are provided with an opportunity to complete a retrospective portfolio, which demonstrates their Public Health theoretical knowledge and application in practice of the 34 UKPHR Practitioner Standards (see the link for more details Practitioner Standards.)

Why is it important?

Professional registration with the UKPHR brings a significant opportunity to become part of a quality assured public health workforce providing clear professional identification.

Registration leads to the attainment of core standards required to demonstrate safe and competent practice.

What are we doing?

The scheme is funded and governed by Health Education England and the Scheme Coordination is carried out by Alix Sheppard UKPHR reg PR0322 and Health Talks Ltd, a commissioned provider. As well as providing support to develop a portfolio, the scheme also offers a comprehensive CPD programme which supports your theoretical knowledge underpinning public health practice.

New practitioners are encouraged to apply to join the scheme quarterly- after attending an Information Workshop which provides detail on all aspects of portfolio development and offers an opportunity to ask questions to help you to decide if this route to registration is suitable for you.  This session is also suitable for line managers, prospective assessors and anyone interested in finding out more about UKPHR registration in the North West region.

The first step to register your interest in the scheme is to complete the EoI form here, and you will be added to our list to receive updates and invitations to our online Information sessions.

Please click here for the UKPHR Employer Toolkit which explains how to embed practitioner registration and development in your organisation and workforce.

Please click here to find the Regional Scheme Support Handbook which provides detailed information about the programme of support we offer

This session is also suitable for line managers, prospective assessors and anyone interested in finding out more about UKPHR registration in the North West region.

View the Public Health Practitioner’s Education and Training Directory here



The North West Steering Group has overall responsibility for the development and operational running of the practitioner programme. 

The NWPHPS Steering Group has representation from the North West sub regions: South Cumbria, Cheshire & Merseyside and Greater Manchester.

The NW practitioner programme is part of the portfolio of work – led by HEE NW & OHID NW public health workforce development team, that reports to HEE NW senior leadership team.

UKPHR Value of Registration Report and UKPHR Fees consultation

Over the summer of 2022 UKPHR commissioned a change management consultant to interview a representative sample of current and intended registrants, at both Practitioner and Specialist levels, to find out more about what value registration presented to them.

full report is now published on the UKPHR website and in response the UKPHR Board has launched a consultation on its fees for the 2023-24 and 2024-25 financial years. 

More Information


The UK Public Health Register is an independent, dedicated regulator for public health professionals in the United Kingdom, providing professional regulation to public health specialists. Visit their website here:


Alix Sheppard is the Scheme Co-ordinator. For all enquiries, please email