There are a range of apprenticeships that support careers in public health.The latest update focuses on the development of new apprenticeship standards in England that support careers in the promotion and protection of the public’s health and wellbeing, read more here.
Current public health apprenticeships include:
- Level 6 Public Health Practitioner (PHP)
- Level 7 Health and Care Intelligence Specialist
- Level 7 Specialist Community and Public Health Nurse
- Level 6 Environmental Health Practitioner
- Level 7 Systems Thinking Practitioner
- Level 3 or 4 Community-centered roles (title and level to be determined) Currently in development.
The most recent public health apprenticeship standard to be added to the Institute of Apprenticeships is the public health (practitioner) degree, a level six generic apprenticeship standard. Meaning on completion, an apprentice will be employable by any of the employing organizations. Practitioners make up a significant proportion of the public health workforce and are responsible for translating public health vision, policy, strategy into operational programmes of work, usually at community or population level but also at group and individual level. There are a wide range of public health roles that will apply to this apprenticeship, examples include: Health protection practitioner, health improvement practitioner, workplace health advisor, community development worker and public health data analyst to name a few.
This apprenticeship has been mapped to the professional competence requirements of the UKPHR practitioner programme, thereby enabling those that complete the apprenticeship to be registered on the UKPHR register as a public health practitioner. PHE will be releasing a guidance document on implementing the apprenticeship for employers, universities and apprentices shortly.
See below for slides from a workshop held earlier in the year to gain employer support in Lancashire & South Cumbria.
A recently added apprenticeship is the Health and Care Intelligence Specialist level 7 apprenticeship standard has now been approved subject to the approval of the allocated funding band (£17,000) by the Secretary of State. Details of the standard and the end point assessment plan are now available on the IFATE website through the above link.
The standard, which will link through to voluntary registration with the Association of Professional Healthcare Analysts, is aimed at analytical staff in healthcare, public health and social care roles. The Trailblazer group included the NHS, PHE, local government, Office for National Statistics and relevant professional bodies and there has been quite a bit of interest in the standard from staff across these organisations.