The Postgraduate School of Public Health (PHS) oversee the placement of trainees and, providing they feel that the quality of the experience is good, trainees can arrange to be appropriately seconded to other locations.
Successful candidates will undertake at least two training placements in West Midlands zone general public health training locations. The first placement is a Local Authority based training department and for general training one of five 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 Part B MFPH.
The training locations suitable and accredited for training are:
Staffordshire & Shropshire
Stoke City Council
Staffordshire County Council
The University of Keele & Staffordshire
Shropshire County Council
Telford & Wrekin Council
PHE based in Stafford ( also covers Shropshire & Telford & Wrekin )
Black Country (Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall, Wolverhampton)
Wolverhampton City Council
Walsall Borough Council
Dudley Borough Council
Sandwell Borough Council
Birmingham and Solihull
Birmingham City Council
Solihull Borough Council
PHE based in Birmingham (also covers Coventry & Warwickshire)
Coventry & Warwickshire
Coventry City Council
Warwickshire County Council
At times the scheme is rather full and the availability of places is limited in some locations (the Programme Director is able to give an up to date idea of availability). The Public Health School will allocate placements to distribute trainees around the region. A ranking of preferred geographical zones is requested from candidates at interview and the committee endeavours to take these into account when a first attachment is allocated (this becomes the notional “Base” HQ for the whole of training Subsequent placements are effectively secondments away from this base) and subsequent rotations. If a registrar is allocated to a rural zone for example then 6 month placements can be arranged in an urban training placement and visa versa.
Those appointed to the start of the scheme will have the opportunity to prepare for MFPH Part A by a modular Masters Degree in Public Health (MPH) at the University of Birmingham commencing in the October after starting. Trainees are strongly recommended to take part A in the summer sitting following appointment (i.e. around the time of finishing MPH exams). Trainees will be required to take the Faculty of Public Health Part A examination in the first sitting of the calendar year when in year 2. Registrars will be awarded the equivalent of a CCT subject to satisfactory annual review acquiring all the curriculum competencies and obtaining MFPH. The Postgraduate Dean confirms that this programme has the required educational and Dean’s approval.
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 training programme rotation might be :-
- 12-18 months in Coventry City Council (during which time the MPH is undertaken at Birmingham University). Pass Part A.
- 6 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 the Specialised Commissioning Agency or Policy Support Unit
- 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. www.westmidlandsdeanery.nhs.uk