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Multidisciplinary public healthUnderstanding the development of the modern workforce$
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Jenny Wright, Fiona Sim, and Katie Ferguson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300335

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300335.001.0001

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Four Changes for specialists I: Setting up a multidisciplinary public health senior appointments process

Four Changes for specialists I: Setting up a multidisciplinary public health senior appointments process

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(p.52) (p.53) Four Changes for specialists I: Setting up a multidisciplinary public health senior appointments process
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Multidisciplinary public health
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Jenny Wright

Fiona Sim

Katie Ferguson

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447300335.003.0004

This chapter sets out the changes following New Labour government policy to create non-medical specialists in public health with equivalent status to consultants in public health including non-medical Directors of Public Health. Key changes described include a second vote within the Faculty of Public Health Medicine to permit non-medics to sit Part II of the Faculty examinations in 2001 as well as the development of job descriptions, processes within the Faculty to ‘piggy-back’ non-medical appointments within the existing statutory medical appointments advisory committee structures. From 2003 the Faculty agreed to drop ‘Medicine’ from its title. The chapter also charts the development across England of support mechanisms for aspiring specialists. Other key changes are outlined including national agreement across key organisations on the ten key areas of public health, establishing the three domains of public health, categorising the whole of the public health workforce and setting up networks and an annual conference to share and harness expertise. The Health Protection Agency was established during this period.

Keywords:   Public health networks, Ten key areas of public health, Three domains of public health practice, ‘top up’ training for specialists, Advisory Appointments Committee, Non-medical Directors of Public Health, Health Protection Agency, Faculty of Public Health Medicine, Faculty of Public Health, UK Public Health Association

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