How would you describe an environmental health professional?
Environmental health professionals improve and protect people’s health, safety and wellbeing by securing safer, cleaner, healthier environments (or aspire to do so).
What are environmental health professional standards?
Environmental Health Professional Standards define what is expected of environmental health professionals. The standards include commitments, behaviours, skills and technical expertise. As a broad discipline environmental health incorporates professionals working in many sectors, the professional standards will enable us to showcase and profile what it means to be an environmental health professional as well as facilitating individual learning and development.
Professional commitment - a commitment to the ethics and conduct that uphold the reputation of the profession
Professional behaviours - essential behaviours for environmental health professionals in all roles
Technical expertise - application of relevant knowledge, methods and skills
Critical thinking - objective analysis and evaluation of issues in order to make well-formed judgements
Collaboration - working with others to achieve desired goals
Organisational awareness - understanding the workings of the internal organisation and relevant external organisations
Leadership - Inspiring and directing others to achieve a common vision
Why is it important to have professional standards?
The Professional Standards are important in environmental health because they:
- Set expectations
- Capture the common attributes of a diverse group of professionals, working on different environmental health issues in different roles and sectors
- Facilitate professional development, learning and progression
- Showcase what it means to be an environmental health professional, raising the profile of the profession
- Uphold and improve standards within environmental health for public protection
More than that the standards enable us to talk to employers informing recruitment and selection of the environmental health workforce as well as identifying training and development needs. They also describe to people and consumers what to expect from environmental health professionals in their day to day work.
What is the Professional Standards Framework?
The standards will now be divided into levels to develop a Professional Standards Framework that will be aligned to different grades of membership and levels along the CIEH professional pathway.
CIEH’s Professional Standards will form the basis of a structured professional development pathway. Individuals will be able to seek assessment against the standards to progress through different grades of membership. The Professional Standards will also inform the development of CIEH products and services and support judgements of professional and ethical practice when dealing with complaints about members.
CIEH Professional standards have been based on contributions from environmental health professionals. The CIEH is keen to continue the conversation as we develop the Professional Standards Framework. We are interested in your views.