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Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework (PHKSF) review

The Public Health Skills Passport and the review of the UK Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework

UPDATE February 2015

The ‘Healthy Lives, Health People: public health workforce strategy (DH/LGA/PHE 2013) identifies the need to refine the Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework (PHSKF), and to develop a new ‘skills passport’ to support the public health workforce in career development and planning. PHE is leading on both of these activities.

Skills Passport (England)

The skills passport will be going through a ‘proof of concept’ trial between February 9th and March 20th 2015. Public health workers from a range of public health disciplines have been engaged to help with this process, participating as individuals, or as teams eg: a cluster of local authority teams in the north east; a PHE centre team; and an NHS provider team in the south east.

This process will be evaluated by an external agency, to provide independent scrutiny on the process and outcomes, and to reflect on the implications for the public health skills and knowledge framework. The evaluation findings will be reported in May 2015.

UK Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework (PHSKF) review

The PHSKF review is in its second phase, and a series of workshops are being delivered across the UK during February and March. These events will be used to consult the whole public health workforce on how the PHSKF may currently be used, and how public health workers think the framework could be revised so that it is ‘fit for purpose’.

The programme of events, with contact details of the organisers, are shown below. Contact them for more detailed and up-to-date information, and to book a place:


Country/region Date Place Contact
East of England 23rd February (10-1) Cambridge
Northern Ireland 2nd March (timings tbc) Tbc (closed event) elaine.o'   
North England 11th March (timings tbc) Leeds/York (tbc)   
London 17th March (1:30 – 4:30) RSPH, 28 Portland Place
Scotland 18th March (10-3) Glasgow (+videolink)
London 23rd March (10-1) CIEH, 15 Hatfields
Wales 24th  March (timings tbc) Cardiff (+videolink)
West Midlands 30th March (10 -1) Birmingham

The PHSKF can be found on the PHORCaST website here.

If you have any queries about these streams of work and would like to forward these to the project team you can email them via:




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