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Recruitment for 2014

Details of the 2014 recruitment cycle will be formally published shortly.

Candidates are advised to keep in close touch with the web pages of the Faculty of Public Health.

Potential applicants are advised to revisit these pages regularly as it is possible that some elements will be different to last year, and in case there are updates to processes in place at any stage up until applications open. 

The process for recruitment is anticipated to be much the same as previously: on line application; eligibility checks; selection in two stages (written tests, interviews and other exercises). Potential applicants are advised to note the below dates.


The timetable is as follows:

National adverts published: 1st November 2013.

Applications open: 1000 – 12th November 2013.

Applications close: 1700 – 5th December 2013.

Eligibility checks: 6– 18th December 2013.

Invitations to written tests: 23rd December 2013.

Assessment Centres: 8th January 2014.

Selection Centre: Week beginning 18/19/20 February 2014.

All first offers will be made by 5 March 2014.

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

2014 Recruitment Details

Recruitment into Public Health follows a nationally standardised process which is being coordinated through the East Midlands Deanery with local input at Deanery level.

National specialty training information for all specialties can be accessed through the MMC  link to MMC Specialty Training pages. 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 the guidance on immigration issues, link to MMC Overseas Applicants pages.

The expected start date for successful applicants is August 2014 except where successful applicants meet criteria for a deferred start.

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. Further details of the recruitment process process are given below:

  • National adverts published ( BMJ , NHS Jobs) 1st November 2013.
  • On line application systems open from midday 12thNovember 2013.
  • Applicants are advised to ensure that 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.
  • Applicants will have some choice of locations and dates within a prescribed window.
  • 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 will need to reach a minimum standard at the tests of numeracy and critical reasoning.
  • 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 should be aware that a cancellation charge will be incurred if they fail to attend a booked assessment.



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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