Specialty Training Programme

The Public Health Training Programme offers generalist Public Health training to up to 45 individuals from medical and non-medical backgrounds. To qualify for a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) and eligibility for inclusion on professional registers as a Public Health Specialist (i.e. Consultant), a minimum of 48 months must be spent in recognised public health training posts. Most trainees complete a year of study in their first year of training followed by four years of “service work” within a range of public health placements. Registrars are paid a salary throughout training.

The programme also offers specialist training in academic public health through the NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow (ACF) and Academic Clinical Lecturer (ACL) schemes. There are also opportunities for non-NIHR,locally funded Academic Clinical Fellow (ACF) and Academic Fellow (AF) schemes for candidates both with and without a medical degree.

The programme also offers a set of training placements intended to support a career in health protection.

There may be opportunities for one or two year Fellowships for individuals interested in developing specific competence but not leading to a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT).

Individuals interested in either specialty training to CCT or Fellowship opportunities should speak with the Training Programme Director (TPD). For more information please see HERE.

Public health training is mainly offered (initially) in Local Authorities in the East of England and, later in training, in the Public Health England Centre (which has office locations across the East of England), in NHS trusts, or with some partner agencies. A three-month mandatory health protection attachment is also arranged usually during the second year of training

In certain circumstances, according to educational need and career intent, placements may be agreed to national and international locations.

All registrars are allocated an Educational Supervisor. This individual supports a registrar for the duration of their training programme, irrespective of their current training location.

All registrars are also allocated a Clinical Supervisor who supports a registrar in the current training location - and changes as the registrar moves between training locations. The Clinical Supervisor is responsible for day-to-day supervision and training in the workplace.

During Phase 1 of training, all registrars are allocated an Academic supervisor. This individual is available for specialist advice to enhance the academic rigour of pieces of work that the registrar may undertake.

Progress throughout the programme is monitored by a system of ARCPs (Annual Review of Competence Progression). Reviews are held annually or at shorter intervals if a registrar is failing to progress.

Registrars mainly learn through regular service work which is designed to meet educational need. Time is also allocated for private study. There are some generic skills which are best provided to cohorts of registrars and linked to particular phases of training. These include examination preparation, teaching skills, communication skills, leadership development and safe on call revision. Senior registrars make use of specialist courses according to their educational need and career intent. Emphasis in the latter stages of training is placed on leadership and management.

It is a requirement of the curriculum that registrars gain experience in at least two training locations (in addition to the mandatory health protection placement). Placements are arranged according to educational need and training capacity. Registrars are encouraged to plan their placements early in discussion with their Educational Supervisor, training location co-ordinator and the programme director. The final decision on placements rests with the programme director.


Please use the links below for more information about the specialty training programme.