The CfWI was commissioned by Public Health England, Health Education England, and the Department of Health to carry out a stocktake review of the public health specialist workforce.
Building on our 2013 public health consultant and specialist survey, the stocktake aims to gather evidence to document the existing public health specialist workforce, and to identify drivers of demand and supply of public health specialists.
The first phase of the project involved horizon scanning and an initial assessment of the available data. We are now in the second phase of the project, to develop a model to forecast demand and supply for public health specialists in England, with a view to making recommendations for workforce planning to ensure an appropriate supply in the medium term.
Public health specialists are those regulated as having specialist knowledge and skills in public health by a UK regulatory body (the General Medical Council (GMC) for public health medicine, the General Dental Council (GDC) for dental public health, or the UK Public Health Register (UKPHR) as either a generalist specialist or a defined specialist).
The CfWI has been working with a range of organisations across the public health sector to gather available data and to develop a view of how demand and supply for the workforce may change up to 2035.
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