There is no current recruitment to the Public Health Specialty Training Programme. There will be an update later in the year for 2019 recruitment.

For ALL enquiries about the recruitment and selection process please contact

If you have specific queries about the programmes, please contact the Training Programme Director (TPD) in your area or in the area in which you wish to train. Contact details for TPDs.

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, Scotland and Wales (Northern Ireland may interview independently). The public health specialty training programme selection process uses evidence based and validated selection methodology.

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 east of England programme should be directed to the Locality Training Programme Directors - see the "Contact" link on the right hand side.

Fixed term appointments

There may be occasional opportunities for fixed term appointments (up to two years) for individuals to satisfy specific educational objectives. These appointments are not arranged as a substitute for appointment through specialty recruitment but for individuals who are looking for additional specific training to complement their own career path. Interested individuals should submit a CV with an accompanying letter and personal statement of their objectives to the programme director. Applications will be considered on individual merit and against capacity to meet stated objectives. Applications will be formally approved by the postgraduate dean before acceptance.

The expected start date for successful applicants is August 2015 except where successful applicants meet criteria for a deferral.

Further details of the recruitment process are given below. The application process will be run electronically and all communications will be by e-mail through an automated system. Applicants should remain regularly in touch with their nominated email address to check their application status and for required action.

·         National adverts published (BMJ, NHS Jobs) 6th November

·         On line application systems open from 1000, 11th November

·         Applicants are advised to ensure they are familiar with all detailed guidance before submitting their applications. Applications not complying with guidance will be rejected

·         Applicants successful at eligibility checking will be invited to a half day assessment centre (written tests of numerical and critical reasoning and a situational judgement [scenario based] test).

·         Written assessments will be conducted on line in various approved testing centres throughout the UK and Europe (a full list of locations will be available on the FPH webpages and sent with invitations to book places for assessment). Applicants will have some choice of locations. Assessment sittings will be held only on January 14th.

·         Applicants will be required to evidence their identity before taking the tests and will be given an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the testing systems before timed tests start.

·         Applicants should be aware that a cancelation charge may be incurred if they fail to attend a booked assessment.

·         Applicants will need to reach a minimum standard at the tests of numeracy, critical reasoning and situational judgment and a minimum combined score.

·         Applicants passing this standard will then be ranked according to their total scores at assessment centre.

·         Applicants at the top end of the ranking for written tests will be invited to a half day selection centre (face to face assessment).

·         Selection centre will be held in a single centre in Loughborough for all candidates.


Applicants will make a single electronic application and will be required to state, in preference order, their programmes, or relevant sub programmes, of choice. Applicants should note that the East of England offers two geographic sub programmes each of which is a single preference. Offers to applicants meeting the minimum required standards at interview will be made according to the final ranking scores in line with expressed preferences until all spaces are filled in all programmes. Applicants are advised to think carefully about preferencing. Final scores take account of written test scores as well as interview scores.