The Postgraduate School of Public Health (PHS) oversee the placement of trainees and all placements and rotations need to be approved by the TPDs ( training programme directors). Candidates rank order their preferred training network zone and if successful the network zone coordinator and TPD agree on which specific location for each StR as their initial posting.

Successful candidates will undertake at least two training placements in West Midlands general public health training locations. The first placement is usually a Local Authority, CCG or community trust based training department and for general training one of five network zones is offered

The Faculty of Public Health also approves some posts outside the United Kingdom for training purposes.  It is possible for SpRs/SpTs to apply to rotate from the West Midlands Training Scheme to a national or overseas post once they have passed Faculty Membership (MFPH) Examination. 

The training locations suitable and accredited for training are: Note that training placements at Universities, PHE and Birmingham Children’s Hospital are available as options for periods of training for StRs from any network zone.



Staffordshire & Shropshire Network Zone

Stoke City Council
Staffordshire County Council
Shropshire County Council
Telford & Wrekin Council
PHE based in Stafford ( also covers Shropshire & Telford & Wrekin)          

 Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust)

Black Country Network Zone

Wolverhampton City Council
Walsall Borough Council
Dudley Borough Council
Sandwell Borough Council

Birmingham and Solihull Network Zone

Birmingham City Council
Solihull Borough Council
PHE based in Birmingham (also covers Coventry & Warwickshire)             

Birmingham & Solihull CCG                        

The University of Birmingham        

Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Coventry & Warwickshire Network Zone

Coventry City  Council
Warwickshire County Council              

Coventry & Rugby CCG                              

The University of Warwick

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Network Zone

Worcestershire County Council
Herefordshire County Council
PHE based in Kidderminster (also covers Black Country)                              

Herefordshire CCG

At times the scheme is rather full and the availability of places is limited in some locations (the Training Programme Directors are able to give an up to date idea of availability and have a preferencing and allocation process).  The Public Health School will allocate placements to distribute trainees around the region.  A ranking of preferred geographical network zones is requested from candidates in the recruitment process and allocation is based on rank order in the national recruitment process.  The first placement becomes the first notional “Base” HQ for the whole of training Subsequent placements are effectively secondments away from this base) and subsequent rotations. If a StR is allocated to a rural zone then placements can be arranged in other zones in an urban training placement and visa versa. 

Specialised Placements

Registrars will generally currently 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.  There is a specialised Health Protection rotation for those who wish to specialise in Health Protection. There are also opportunities within the academic Department of Public Health and Epidemiology at the University of Birmingham and at Warwick University.  The specialised places at Birmingham include the West Midlands Commissioning Support Unit whose role is to provide the best research evidence and policy advice to health care professionals within public health, general practice , local authorities and hospitals.

The department has particular expertise in Health Impact assessment and in the Horizon Scanning department which aims to evaluate emerging health technologies at an early stage. Warwick University has most of the NIHR funded in the West Midlands Academic Clinical Fellow and Clinical Lecturer posts in Public Health.  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. There are also Academic opportunities at Staffordshire and Keele Universities.  Senior trainees can also if appropriate for their training needs consider placements at national specialised training placements eg Department of Health and Registrars have arranged with agreement to undertake part of their training in international placements.

An example of a total 60 month training programme rotation might be :-

  • 20 months in Coventry City Council (during which time the MPH is undertaken at Birmingham University).  Pass Diplomate Faculty Exam.
  • 4 months in the Public Health England unit based in Birmingham
  • 6-12 months at Warwick University for more in depth academic training. Pass part B.
  • 6-12 months at Birmingham Children’
  • 12-18 months at Warwickshire County Council.  Complete training awarded CCT and moves onto a Consultant in Public Health post.

Information on Salary scales, terms & conditions, travel & relocation policy can be found on the West Midlands Deanery Website.