Public health medicine committee overview

The PHMC (public health medicine committee) meets to discuss all matters affecting public health medicine and public health physicians in the UK.
Location: UK
Audience: Public health doctors
Updated: Friday 10 January 2020
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Our priorities

  • Defend pay and the terms and conditions of service of public health doctors.
  • Defend and promote public health as a medical specialty, but with a non-medical route of entry.
  • Reflect and encourage the diverse public health medical profession, aiming for gender balance on the committee and at conference.
  • Provide the public health perspective on the BMA‘s strategic policy priorities.


Our people

Chair: Peter English

Deputy chairs:
Sohail Bhatti (local government)
Richard Jarvis (workforce and regulation)
Vacant (policy and advocacy)


Associated committees


Our meetings

The committee meets three times a year to discuss all matters affecting public health medicine and public health physicians. Meetings are open to committee members only, but non-members can apply for the BMA committee visitors scheme.

Dates for the 2019-20 session:

  • Tuesday 14 January
  • Tuesday 12 May (tbc)

All meetings take place at:

BMA House
Tavistock Square

For more information email



The next conference will take place on 26 February 2020.

Read more about the conference and how to register

The 2019 public health medicine conference was held at BMA House on 5 March and chaired by Southwark strategic director for place and wellbeing, Professor Kevin Fenton. The theme for the year was ’Resilience of public health systems and people’.

Read the highlights from the 2019 conference and watch the webcast



Each region or nation elects one representative and one deputy to the committee for a year. The 2019-2020 elections ran from 15 August to 6 September 2019.


Get in touch

If you are interested in finding out more about the work of the PHMC, please contact