Portfolio of Professional Practice (PPP) - Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the PPP?
Q: Why has the PPP been introduced?
Q: How will the PPP help students without a work placement?
Q: What is the Directory of Student Training Opportunities?
Q: How will the PPP affect students currently completing the ELP?
Q: When can candidates switch from the ELP to the PPP?
Q: What does the CIEH require of candidates completing the PPP? 
Q: When can the PPP be completed?
Q: How long will it take to complete the PPP? 
Q: Where can the PPP be completed? 
Q: When can the PPP be submitted? 
Q: How should a PPP or ELP-PPP ‘hybrid’ be submitted?
Q: How do candidates register with EHRB?
Q: Are there any example PPP reports available for candidates?
Q: What format should the PPP reports be presented in?
Q: How much evidence should be included with each report?
Q: Can reports be cross-referenced?
Q: What constitutes a desktop-exercise?
Q: Where can candidates get help on the PPP?
Q: Will the PPP be changing again?
Q: Could I use my Final Year Project or Dissertation to cover one or more of the PPP ‘Public Health’ intervention areas?
Q: What ‘rules’ need to be followed in a ‘hybrid’ submission?
Q: Can I do Food, Environmental Protection, Health and Safety and Housing in PPP format, and Health Protection and Development in ELP format?
Q: Can I cross-reference between the ELP and PPP intervention fields of my hybrid submission?
Q: If I complete everything in the PPP format do I need to do the ‘Extended Professional Interview’? 
Q: Is the PPP assessed at the same level as the ELP?
Q: Can the intervention fields of the PPP be submitted for assessment separately, as and when they are completed by candidates?
Q:  How do I know if I have completed a 2011 curriculum programme?
 

Q: What is the PPP?
A: The Portfolio of Professional Practice (PPP) is our assessment that forms part of the pathway to qualification as an Environmental Health Practitioner (EHP). The portfolio will eventually replace the Experiential Learning Portfolio (ELP) and is available to all candidates, including anyone currently undertaking the ELP who wants to switch to the PPP. The portfolio is based upon the concepts of experiential learning and reflective practice and requires candidates to undertake a range of interventions, develop a range of skills and reflect upon their experiences. The interventions and skills are divided into five intervention fields – Food Safety, Health and Safety, Housing and Health, Environmental Protection and Public Health. Further details about the PPP can be found in the PPP: Candidate Guide.

Q: Why has the PPP been introduced?
A: The PPP has been introduced to support the new ‘framework for professional education and development’ and the philosophy of it fully recognises the challenges faced by students in obtaining and completing a work based placement.

Q: How will the PPP help students without a work placement?
A:
 Students who are completing the PPP will still need to obtain some work placement opportunities, but less visits and inspections are required compared to the ELP and some reports can be produced using desktop exercises. Candidates are required to produce 25 intervention reports in total and up to 4 of these reports can be completed using desktop exercises. The PPP is designed to enable students without a long term work placement to gain the experiences required through a series of short term placements. Such short term placements may be accessed through the Directory of Student Training Opportunities.

Q: What is the Directory of Student Training Opportunities?
A:
The Directory of Student Training Opportunities is a selection of short term placement opportunities provided by local authorities and businesses throughout the UK. Students can contact the placement providers directly to make arrangements to carry out the visits and inspections required.  

Q: How will the PPP affect students currently completing the ELP?
A: 
Any students currently undertaking the ELP, or planning to start the ELP, can continue to do so; there is no requirement to switch to the PPP. However, the PPP is available to all candidates and the switch can be made at any time without notifying the CIEH. Candidates currently undertaking the ELP can opt to switch to the PPP in its entirety and provide a complete submission in the PPP format. Alternatively, the CIEH will accept ‘hybrid’ submissions, which are part ELP and part PPP. In hybrid submissions whole ‘intervention fields’ must be completed in either ELP or PPP format; candidates cannot mix the format of reports within an intervention field. Additionally no cross referencing is permitted between ELP and PPP intervention fields.

Q: When can candidates switch from the ELP to the PPP?
A: 
Candidates can switch to the PPP at any time from the launch date (11/11/11).

Q: What does the CIEH require of candidates completing the PPP?
A:
Candidates are required to:

  • Gain experience of practice in the five intervention fields: ‘Food Safety’, ‘Health and Safety’, ‘Housing and Health’, ‘Environmental Protection’ and ‘Public Health’.
  • Develop the prescribed 'Core Skills' within the ‘Food Safety’, ‘Health and Safety’, ‘Housing and Health’, ‘Environmental Protection’ intervention fields and the ‘Skills and Competencies within the ‘Public Health’ intervention field.
  • Provide ‘Reflection’ on the experience of undertaking the interventions and developing the core or skills and competencies in all five intervention fields.
  • Produce reports with accompanying evidence for the different intervention areas within the intervention fields.
  • Complete the PPP matrices in accordance with the ‘Completing the PPP matrices’ section of the PPP Candidate Guide.

Q: When can the PPP be completed?
A:
There is no requirement to complete the PPP at a specific time, although candidates should consider when they have access to placement opportunities, sufficient time and sufficient underpinning knowledge to undertake the interventions required. Some candidates may complete the PPP whilst undertaking their accredited Environmental Health course, either during vacation periods, during a sandwich year, during a year out, or alongside the course if they study on a part-time basis. Other candidates may choose to complete the PPP after their taught course.

Q: How long will it take to complete the PPP?
A:
There is no timescale set for completing the PPP. The time required is likely to be determined by a number of factors such as:

  • The placement opportunities available to undertake the interventions and demonstrate the core skills and skills and competencies (whether these opportunities arise through an extended placement in a single organisation or several short term learning opportunities at a range of organisations).
  • The amount of time candidates can devote to the process.
  • A candidate’s ability to manage their learning.
  • The extent of relevant experience the candidates possess.
  • The availability of support from training officers, colleagues and managers during placement opportunities.

 

Q: Where can the PPP be completed?
A:
The portfolio can be completed in any workplace where Environmental Health is being practised as a whole, or where individual aspects are being practised. It may take place in an Environmental Health department within a local authority, or in a supermarket, hotel, entertainment venue, consultancy company, government agency or university for instance.

Candidates may secure a contract with a single organisation to complete the whole of the portfolio; or may undertake a series of short term learning opportunities. Longer term placements are often advertised in the ‘Environmental Health News’ magazine which is available to students through CIEH membership, or on the ‘EHN jobs’ website; alternatively candidates may contact Environmental Health providers directly. A selection of short term placement opportunities can be found in the Directory of Student Training Opportunities, which can be found on the ‘Student’ page of the CIEH website.  The CIEH has also accredited the Postgraduate Diploma/MSc Integrated Professional Development at the University of the West of England which is specifically designed to enable candidates to complete their PPP after their accredited BSc or MSc programme.

Q: When can the PPP be submitted?
A: Before the PPP can be submitted candidates must have registered with the Environmental Health Registration Board (EHRB) and paid the assessment fee; after this time candidates can submit their PPP at any time.

Q: How should a PPP or ELP-PPP ‘hybrid’ be submitted?
A: 
The CIEH requires the PPP to be submitted on a USB stick and reports must be saved as Microsoft Word documents in a '97/2003 Document' format, PDFs, or other compatible formats. The USB stick is non returnable. All ELP-PPP hybrids must be submitted in a paper format in a lever arch file. The hybrid should be clearly divided into the five intervention fields, with the completed matrix presented at the beginning of each section.

Q: How do candidates register with EHRB?
A:
Candidates register with the Environmental Health Registration Board (EHRB) by completing the registration form and paying the registration fee, further details about the registration process can be found on our ‘students’ pages.

Q: Are there any example PPP reports available for candidates?
A:
There are no example PPP reports available because each PPP documents a candidate’s experience of undertaking different interventions and developing skills, therefore each PPP submission will be unique.

Q: What format should the PPP reports be presented in?
A:
There is no prescribed report format, however candidates are encouraged to follow the ‘Completing the PPP reports’ section of the PPP Candidate Guide.

Q: How much evidence should be included with each report?
A:
As a minimum there should be at least one piece of evidence included with each report which demonstrates the candidate’s involvement in the intervention. Further evidence can be included and there is no maximum amount, however candidates are reminded that all evidence should be referred to in the report so that it can be viewed by the assessor at the appropriate time and excessive amounts of evidence may detract from the report. Where legislation or guidance is included candidates should provide relevant extracts only; not the complete documents.

Q: Can reports be cross-referenced?
A:
Due to the nature of the PPP reports and level of detail specified in the ‘intervention areas’, ‘core skills’ and ‘skills and competencies’ it is not anticipated that candidates will be able to cross-reference reports within the majority of ‘intervention fields’ or between ‘intervention fields’; for example within the Food Safety intervention field, or between the Food Safety and Health and Safety intervention fields. However, candidates are permitted to use cross referencing if they wish, provided the intervention undertaken meets the intervention area descriptions in their entirety.

Cross-referencing may be more widely used in the Public Health intervention field; for example if candidates undertake several interventions as part of a dissertation or project. However the cross referenced report must meet the intervention area and skill and competencies descriptors in their entirety.

Q: What constitutes a desktop-exercise?
A:
A desktop-exercise is an exercise where candidates are supplied with information or data and use this to undertake an intervention. Candidates will not be able to demonstrate the ‘acquiring information’ core skill but will be able to demonstrate the ‘risk assessment’ and ‘course of action’ skills. The information or data might be presented to a candidate in a scenario at university, in a virtual learning experience or by a training officer in the workplace.

Q: Where can candidates get help on the PPP?
A:
Candidates are encouraged to read the ‘Portfolio of Professional Practice: Candidate Guide’ and frequently asked questions available from the ‘Student’ page of the CIEH website. Further questions can be posted on the MyCIEH Student Members forum or by contacting the Education Team at education@cieh.org or by telephone on 020 7928 6006, if in doubt ask.

Q: Will the PPP be changing again?
A:
There may be minor modifications if certain words need altering or clarifying. However, we do not anticipate any major changes to the PPP as the Intervention Areas and Core Skills are considered reasonable and attainable.

Q: Could I use my Final Year Project or Dissertation to cover one or more of the PPP ‘Public Health’ intervention areas?
A:
Yes, as long as the ‘Intervention Areas’ and ‘Skills and Competencies’ are covered in full.

Q: What ‘rules’ need to be followed in a ‘hybrid’ submission?
A:
‘Hybrid submissions’, which are part ELP and part PPP, must have each ‘Intervention Field’ completed in either ELP or PPP format. Candidates may not mix the format of reports within an Intervention Field. Additionally, no cross-referencing is permitted between ELP and PPP Intervention Fields.

Q: Can I do Food, Environmental Protection, Health and Safety and Housing in PPP format, and Health Protection and Development in ELP format?
A:
Yes, this counts as a ‘hybrid’ submission and the ‘rules’ about hybrid submissions apply.

Q: Can I cross-reference between the ELP and PPP intervention fields of my hybrid submission?
A:
No, cross-referencing between ELP and PPP intervention fields in a hybrid is not permitted.

Q: If I complete everything in the PPP format do I need to do the ‘Extended Professional Interview’?
A:
You are only required to undertake the ‘Extended Professional Interview’ with it’s ‘viva’ element if you have completed a 2011 curriculum programme. If you completed a pre-2011 curriculum programme you are required to undertake the standard professional interview.

Q: Is the PPP assessed at the same level as the ELP?
A:
Yes, the PPP is being marked at the same level as the ELP, which equates to the end of Year 2 (Level 5) of a BSc programme. However, the ‘Public Health’ intervention field is linked to the objectives contained in the Synopsis to 'Curriculum 2011', therefore students who are enrolled on, or have completed, a pre-2011 curriculum programme may find this field more demanding.

Q: Can the intervention fields of the PPP be submitted for assessment separately, as and when they are completed by candidates?
A:
No, the whole PPP, or ELP-PPP ‘hybrid’, with all five intervention fields completed, must be submitted for assessment together.

Q: How do I know if I have completed a 2011 curriculum programme?
A:
Candidates who enrolled on accredited Environmental Health courses at the following universities on or after the dates shown will complete a 2011 curriculum programme:

University of Birmingham  MSc September 2013  
Cardiff Metropolitan University  BSc September 2012  
Coventry University  BSc September 2011 (from September 2010 for students who did a placement on a sandwich year between year 2 and year 3)
University of Derby  MSc September 2012  
Liverpool John Moores University  BSc September 2011  
University of Ulster  BSc September 2012  
University of West of England  MSc September 2012 (from September 2011 for part time students only)
Weston College (UWE course)  BSc September 2011  
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