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 6 August 2021
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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

Co-chairs: Richard Jarvis and Penny Toff

Deputy chairs:
Heather Grimbaldeston (local government)
Emma Pearce (workforce and regulation)
Sohail Bhatti and Tamasin Knight (policy and advocacy)


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Develop your skills as a committee member

Take part in one of our free courses designed to give you the right skills to:

  • break down equality and inclusion bias (CPD-accredited)
  • value difference and inclusivity
  • live out BMA behaviour principles.
Find out more

Associated committees

Welsh committee for public health medicine (WCPHM)

Read more about the Welsh committee for public health medicine (WCPHM)

Northern Ireland public health medicine committee (NIPHMC)

Read more about the Northern Ireland public health medicine committee (NIPHMC)

Public health medicine registrars subcommittee (PHMRS)

The co-chairs for 2020-21 are Youssof Oskrochi and Rebecca Kane. Smruti Sinmyee is the 2020-21 deputy chair. 

The members of PHMRS are chosen by the regional registrars committees at their ARM (usually between November and January).

The subcommittee meets three times a year to discuss issues of relevance to public health trainees. The registrar members of the PHMRS may also attend meetings of the PHMC. 

Contact [email protected].

Public health medicine consultative committee

It is a joint committee of the BMA’s public health medicine committee and the Faculty of Public Health. It is set up to contribute to the formulation of policy and to consider all matters of policy relating to public health medicine in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The Committee also has members and observers from the Association of Directors of Public Health, the BMA’s general practitioners committee, the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health, the Royal College of Nursing and Unite. Contact [email protected].


Our meetings

The committee meets four 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.

Meeting dates:

  • No meetings currently scheduled.

All meetings take place either virtually or at:

BMA House
Tavistock Square

For more information email [email protected].



This year's conference was held online on Tuesday 8 June 2021.

2021 conference highlights

  • Opening keynote address from Professor Yvonne Doyle, medical director of PHE: the public health response to the pandemic and the lesson learnt for the future, with a particular focus on global health challenges.

  • Motions debate: the reorganisation of public health in England, calling for an urgent public inquiry into the handling of the COVID pandemic, active transport, health inequalities and the effect of adverse childhood experiences, universal basic income and better regulation of the gambling industry.

  • Final keynote address from Professor Kelechi Nnoaham, executive director of Public Health & Lead for R&D and Innovation, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board: public health contribution to building a fairer society and tackling health inequalities following the pandemic, the importance of public health in the NHS and local government, especially in areas with high levels of poor health.

How to join PHMC

There are many advantages to becoming involved in our committees. You can actively influence BMA policy-making and negotiations, represent your colleagues' voices and develop your leadership skills. 

Each committee has a few routes to becoming an elected member. In the case of the PHMC, these are: 

UK elections
  • Seats/term - every year, elections for 12 seats on PHMC take place for a one-session term, with at least one representative from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
  • Timeline - elections are usually held in June/July every year.
  • Eligibility - all public health doctors in the UK who are BMA members are eligible to stand and vote in this election.
ARM elections
  • Seats/term - every year, elections for 3 seats on PHMC take place for a one-session term.
  • Timeline - the nomination period opens a month before ARM, and voting closes a few days after ARM.
  • Eligibility - all UK public health doctors who are BMA members can stand for election but only ARM delegates can vote.

The election section below is kept up to date with details about any running elections, so make sure you keep checking it throughout the year.  



ARM elections 2021 to 2022

The PHMC is holding elections for three seats for a one-session term.


To stand in this election, you must:

  • be a BMA member and a public health doctor in the UK
  • have a BMA online account.

Only ARM delegates can vote in this election.

Nominations and casting your vote

  • Nominations - from 12pm on Monday 5 July 2021 to 10am on Monday 13 September 2021.
  • Ballot - from 1pm on Monday 13 September to 5pm on Thursday 16 September 2021.


Results will be announced from Friday 17 September 2021 on the election portal.

Read our guide on how to use our online system for elections

Take part in the election

If you have any questions about these elections, please email us


Get in touch

If you are interested in finding out more about the work of the PHMC, please contact [email protected].