Specialised Placements

Trainees will generally spend most of their training up to CCT or equivalent level in PCTs, but there are also a variety of more specialised attachments within the West Midlands and elsewhere which can be considered usually after passing Part A and B MFPH. Trainees can spend time at the Regional Government Office and the Public Health Observatory in Birmingham. The role of the public health department there is to take forward public health at a regional level and oversee Health Protection in the in Region. There are also opportunities within the academic Department of Public Health and Epidemiology at the University of Birmingham.

The specialised places include;

  1. The Aggressive Research Intelligence Facility (ARIF) whose role is to provide the best research evidence to health care professional within health authorities and general practice and hospitals.

  2. The Horizon Scanning department which aims to evaluate emerging health technologies at an early stage.

  3. WMHTAC (West Midlands Health Technology Assessment Collaboration). An academic opportunity is also available at the Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) at the University of Birmingham and in the General Practice (Primary Care) Department at Birmingham University. Placements are also available in the growing department at Warwick University. There are also Academic secondments joint with PCT’s available at Wolverhampton and Keele Universities.

  4. Specialised Communing Agency (and Specialised Communing Support Unit as B'ham University).

  5. Special Health Protection Rotation.

Senior trainees can also if appropriate for their training needs consider placements at national specialised training placements e.g. Department of Health.