Welsh committee for public health medicine

The WCPHM (Welsh committee for public health medicine) reports to the UK public health medicine committee on matters concerning Wales.

Location: Wales
Audience: Public health doctors
Last reviewed: 17 May 2022
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​The WCPHM (Welsh committee for public health medicine) reports to the UK PHMC (public health medicine committee) on matters concerning Wales. It keeps the central committee informed on issues and changes to practice in Wales.


Our priorities

Health impact assessments

The WCPHM has collaborated with Welsh Government to ensure the Health Impact Assessment element of the Public Health (Wales) Act 2017 is progressed.

Public Health (Wales) Act 2017 assessment

The WCPHM is awaiting the consultation on the draft regulations.

Healthcare public health

The WCPHM is ensuring Healthcare Public Health remains a key function within Public Health Wales.

Workforce planning

Working to increase the number of Public Health Doctors in Wales.

COVID-19 response

Collaborating with partners to ensure a robust response to the management of COVID-19.


Our people

Chair: Michael Thomas


The designated 10 voting members for 2019-22.

Three consultants in public health medicine from each geographical region.

Mid and west Wales
Dr Ciaran Humphreys
Dr Joanne McCarthy
Dr Michael Thomas - chair 2019 to 2022

North Wales
Dr Robert Atenstaedt
Professor Stephen Monaghan
Professor John Watkins

South-east Wales
Dr Marysia Hamilton-Kirkwood - deputy chair 2019 to 2022 
Dr Loseff Llion Davies
Dr Rhianwen Stiff

One representative of medical StRs in public health medicine working in Wales. Elected on an all-Wales basis by StR cohort.
Dr Daniel Jones

Immediate past chair
Dr Mark Temple

BDA representative
Mr Anup Karki

Our meetings

The committee normally meets three times a year with one meeting being an open meeting.

Meeting dates:

  • TBC

All meetings take place from 10.30am to 1pm either virtually or at:

BMA Cymru Wales
5th Floor
2 Caspian Point
Caspian Way
CF10 4DQ

For more information email us or call 029 2047 4633.



This year's public health medicine conference will be held on Wednesday 8 June 2022 from 10am to 4.30pm, and is due to be a hybrid event on-line and at BMA House, London.

The conference is a great opportunity to network with other public health doctors and hear from expert speakers.

Find out more and register


How to join

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. 

To become a member of the WCPHM you must be a BMA member.

All individuals engaged in BMA business eligible for BMA membership must be and continue to be BMA members.

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

Direct elections
  • Seats/term - every three years, elections for 10 seats on WCPHM take place for a three-session term. Seats are for:
  • one consultant in public health medicine from each geographical region (North Wales, Mid & West Wales, South East Wales) elected by all Public Health Consultants within that region:
  • remaining 6 seats will be elected at an all-Wales level.
  • one representative of medical StRs (specialty registrars) in public health medicine, working in Wales, elected by other Registrars in Public Health Medicine.
  • Timeline - elections are usually held in July.
  • Eligibility:
  • all public health medicine consultants from North Wales, Mid and West Wales, South East Wales are eligible to stand and vote in their specific region
  • all StRs in public health medicine in Wales are eligible to stand and vote in this election. 

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.  



The next elections will take place in 2022.


Get in touch

If you are interested in finding out more about the work of the WCPHM, please email us.