The Training Programme
For SpRs and Specialist Trainees, enrolment with Faculty of Public Health is mandatory, in order for your training to be recognised. This should be done within three months of starting in your training post. Enrolment allows the processing of your applications for examination and records of your annual assessments (Annual Review of Competence progression) to lead to a CCT (Certificate for Completion of Training). If not, enrolled doctors cannot be recommended for a CCT, or others for entry on the Public Health Voluntary Register. More details and forms are available on the Faculty of Publci health web site.
Enrolment IS NOT the same as membership
Trainee membership of the Faculty brings certain privileges including the opportunity to pay examination fees in instalments and voting rights (post-Part A) in local elections.
The Faculty Website is a mine of information and well worth visiting regularly. The address is www.fph.org.uk. It is worth having a look at it early on to orientate yourself as to where information is kept.
Faculty guidance requires that for each trainee, there should be an identified individual with responsibility for planning, co-ordinating and supervising training (the Educational Supervisor). In the North West School, the Educational Supervisor changes when a trainee rotates to a different training location. The role of the Educational Supervisor is outlined on the faculty website. Each trainee is also allocated a named academic tutor, who provides supervision, support and advice to the trainee on an ongoing basis for the duration of the training programme, particularly in relation to the MFPH Part A examinations and projects/surveys requiring academic input.
The North West England School of Public Health Induction
Each year the Head of School produces an Induction Pack for new starters. This is complemented by an induction programme of visits to teams across the North West. The purpose of the programme is to help new Specialty Registrars get to know each other, feel a part of the North West Public Health community, and for each individual to begin to establish their own wide professional network. The visits are also a chance for Specialty Registrars to show off the high level off the School as a body.
Programme and Job Description for the North West Public Health Training
This specialty training programme is open to professionals from clinical and non clinical backgrounds. A five year programme of supported, in service training as a Specialty Registrar offers the opportunity to gain a Certfiicate of Completion of Training (CCT) in public health.
There is a combination of excellent academic training, service experience and skills based training. Satisfactory completion of training will allow the individual to gain entry to the GMC specialist medical register or the UK Register for Public Health Specialists. Training is undertaken under the supervision of experienced educational supervisors who are practicing public health experts and leaders in a range of settings. Specialty Registrars’ training is subject to the guidance and rules currently in place from the General Medical Council. The particular standards, assessments, phases of training and required learning outcomes are described in full in the 2010 Public Health Training Curriculum. The curriculum is available at www.fph.org.uk.
The training programme in Public Health is aimed at graduates/professionals from non medical backgrounds and doctors who can demonstrate the essential competences to enter training. A nationally agreed person specification describes these competencies. It is available, along with advice about careers in public health, on the Faculty of Public Health web site at www.fph.org.uk.
A full programme and job description for the North West School is updated each year and is available on the documents page of this web site.