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Recruitment to Specialist Training In Public Health

Recruitment to Specialty Training (ST1) in Public Health for England and Wales is currently led by the Health Education East Midlands. Recruitment to the programme occurs on a yearly basis.

A single application can be made to Public Health Specialty Training and candidates will be asked to rank their preference of training locations.

Applications are made through an online portal and have consisted of a three step recruitment process in recent years. Applicants successful after longlisting are invited to an assessment centre covering verbal and numerical critical reasoning. Shortlisted applicants are invited to attend a selection centre consisting of interviews and scenarios.

All enquiries regarding Public Health specialty training recruitment process should be made via the Health Education East Midlands Recruitment Team at heem.publichealthrecruitment@nhs.net.   

Paper applications are not accepted.

The Yorkshire and Humber Programme is open to candidates from medical and non-medical backgrounds according to nationally agreed eligibility criteria.

Arrangements for 2014 - Recruitment to Public Health Training

Programme Summary

The purpose of the Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber Public Health Training Programme is to produce formally accredited Public Health Specialists who have the knowledge, skills and attitudes to lead health improvement and disease prevention activities, whether through employment within the National Health Service, academic departments or elsewhere. Candidates with a background other than medicine, and medics themselves are equally welcome to apply. 
The training programme aims to:

  • Maintain standards of professional practice as defined by the Faculty of Public Health and other standard-setting bodies.
  • Deliver the curriculum for Public Health as agreed recently by GMC forms the basis of the programme. For details, see the Faculty of Public Health website, http://www.fph.org.uk/training_e-portfolio#post2007%20
  • Contribute directly to health improvement activity in Yorkshire and Humber through the work of its trainees.
  • Continuously improve the quality and effectiveness of all public health staff , in particular those who contribute to the Programme as Trainers and Educational Supervisors.

We recruit into the programme annually, in line with national guidance and requirements. Our programme is open to candidates from medical and non-medical backgrounds according to nationally agreed eligibility criteria. Queries regarding recruitment to the Yorkshire and the Humber programme should be directed to Val Barker, Head of School of Public Health (val.barker@yh.hee.nhs.uk) or Susy Stirling, Training Programme Director (susy.stirling@yh.hee.nhs.uk).


There will be 8 vacancies available for 2014.

Application Process

Recruitment for public health is managed nationally with applicants making a single application with expressed preference for specific programmes and, for some programmes, geographical zones. Assessment and selection is standardised across England and Wales.  The Public Health specialty training programme selection process uses evidence based and validated selection methodology.

2014 Recruitment

Dates and further details can be found on the Faculty of Public Health  website.

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