A Portsmouth midwife has been congratulated after becoming the first member of her profession to be accepted on the UK public health register as a public health practitioner.
The registration of NHS Portsmouth midwife Denyse King was hailed as a milestone by Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones, the director of public health for the area.
The UKPHR is the UK’s independent regulator for public health professionals, whose role is to work closely with NHS bosses and other colleagues to improve healthcare services.
They have a particular focus on ensuring local needs are taken into account when designing and implementing services and on making communities healthier.
Dr Edmondson-Jones said: “”The profession is strengthened by drawing on many disciplines and I’m delighted Denyse has become the first midwife to complete registration as a public health practitioner. I hope that many more follow,”
Since completing her midwife training in 1997, Denyse has gone on to do public health work as well as teaching at the University of Bournemouth. She had to produce evidence showing her qualifications and skills in order to be accepted on to the UKPHR.
She said: “My midwifery background - the clinical skills of being a midwife and my experience of working ‘on the frontline’, - mean I have a thorough understanding of the care women need during pregnancy and how healthcare workers interact with patients and each other.”
She said she was looking forward to helping to commission services that meet local needs.
Members of the UKPHR must agree to work within a code that guards against unethical or unprofessional behaviour.