Two Medway health care professionals are among the first in the country to be successfully qualify for the UK Public Health Register.

This lists health care professionals who have achieved national standards in their profession and whose work has been independently assessed.

Claire Burgess and Fiona Henderson from Medway are among the first 18 to be registered by the scheme. They both work for the ‘A Better Medway’ Improvement Services.

Sally Ironmonger, Head of Health Improvement for Medway Council, said : “I am delighted that Claire and Fiona have become two of the first registered Public Health Practitioners in the UK. They have both worked hard to demonstrate that they meet the professional standard for registration, and I hope that they will now be able to support other colleagues to follow in their footsteps. This is a significant milestone in the recognition of the skills and knowledge expected from a professional public health workforce.”

A Better Medway is provided by NHS Medway and Medway Council, delivering health improvement services and advice to people in Medway. For more information about the services available; including help with stopping smoking, getting more exercise, eating healthier, breastfeeding and more -visit

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