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Recruitment for 2015

The recruitment round for 2015 will begin in the autumn of 2014. Prospective applicants should note some changes to eligibility criteria from the 2014 round

A team of staff, men and women at a meeting. Sitting and discussing things. Uniforms. Nurses, doctors, and allied health professionalsDetails of the recruitment cycle for August 2015 will be published on the following webpages: Potential applicants are advised to revisit these pages regularly as it is possible that some elements may change and in case there are updates to processes in place at any stage up until applications open.

The process for recruitment will be the same as previously: online application; eligibility checks; selection in two stages (written tests, interviews and a group exercise)

The person specification for applicants into public health specialty training can be accessed on these pages and on the Faculty of Public Health webpages

Specific detailed information about the arrangements for recruiting academic clinical fellows in line with general specialty recruitment can be found on the FPH webpages

There are detailed  Frequently Asked Questions on the Faculty Public Health website which may help to answer any queries.


The 2014 recruitment round will begin on 11 November 2014. The timetable is as follows:

Advert: 6 November 2014
Applications open: 1000,  11 November 2014
Applications close: 1700,  4 December 2014

Eligibility checks: 4. – 18 December 2014
Invitations to written tests: 23 December 2014
Assessment Centres: 14 January 2015
Selection Centre: w/b 23 February 2015 
All first offers will be made by 13 March 2015

Potential applicants are advised to note these dates. Potential applicants are also advised that all correspondence will be by automated e-mail with short windows for responding to invitations to stages of the process. Applicants will need regular access to e-mail.


Additional Information

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 but use the same methodology). 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 Wessex Deanery programme should be directed to the Programme Director, Dr Julie Parkes at the following email address


2015 Recruitment details

Recruitment into public health follows a nationally standardised process which is coordinated through the East Midlands Deanery with local input at deanery level.

National specialty training information for all specialties can be accessed through the national specialty training webpages.  
Please be certain that you are reading the correct version of these pages as relevant to the 2014 round of appointments.

Potential applicants are encouraged to read current guidance on immigration issues.

National vacancies* declared as at September  2014 are:

East of England (North zone/South zone)


8 (4+4)

East Midlands






North West (breakdown to be confirmed)

  • Cheshire and Merseyside
  • Greater Manchester
  • Cumbria and Lancashire


Total 10

London, Kent, Surrey, Sussex (breakdown to be confirmed)

  • North London
  • SE London, Kent & Medway
  • SW London, Surrey & Sussex


Total 15





South West









West Midlands



Yorkshire and Humber



Defence Medical Services  (only for serving officers)



Northern Ireland






*please note these numbers may change slightly in the run up to applications opening

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) 6 November
  • Online application systems open from 1000, 11 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 online 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 14.
  • 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 cancellation 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 judgement 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. 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.


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