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Careers in Public Health. A Passion for Health . Are you passionate about health? Do you have drive and vision to improve people’s lives? Are you a strategic leader? Are you a skilled communicator? Can you see the bigger picture?. Then consider a career in Public health and.

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Careers in Public Health

A Passion for Health


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  • Are you passionate about health?

  • Do you have drive and vision to improve people’s lives?

  • Are you a strategic leader?

  • Are you a skilled communicator?

  • Can you see the bigger picture?



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Specialise in ‘the bigger picture’

  • Public health is ....

    • “The science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organised efforts of society.”

    • Sir Donald Acheson


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What is Public Health?

Public health is concerned with the health of a population rather than individuals. It is about promoting well-being, not just dealing with illness, and looks at the impact on health of social, economic, political and environmental factors as well as individual behaviour.


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Public health is ....“The science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organised efforts of society.” Sir Donald Acheson


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Key Areas of Public Health Practice

1. Surveillance and assessment of the population’s well-being

2. Assessing the evidence of effectiveness of interventions, programmes and services intended to improve the health or well-being of individuals or populations

3. Policy and strategy development and implementation

4. Strategic leadership and collaborative working for health

5. Health improvement

6. Health protection

7. Health and social service quality

8. Public health intelligence

9. Academic public health


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Entry requirements for doctors

  • Full GMC registration

  • Completion of an F2 programme, or the equivalent competencies

  • Entrants with a longer period of clinical or other postgraduate experience are welcome

  • One national recruitment drive annually. Starts in January

  • Usually appoint nine new entrants in the NW. Start in August


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The Training Programme

  • Mersey Deanery organise the Training Programme for the North West

  • Training period is 5 years if full-time. Part-time and flexible working is available

  • There are 3 phases of learning

  • Complete a Masters in Public Health in Phase 1

  • Pass Part A of the membership exam in Phase 1

  • Pass Part B in Phase 2

  • Health protection placement and on-call training in Phase 2

  • Assessed through Work based assessments

  • Annual Review Competence Progression ( ARCP)




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Where would I work?

  • Primary Care Trust

  • Strategic Health Authority

  • Health Protection Agency

  • Government Office North West

  • Academic Public Health Department

  • National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

  • NW Cancer Intelligence Service

  • NW Specialised Commissioning

  • Acute Trust ( Stockport FT, PAT)

  • Department of Health

  • WHO



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  • The Faculty of Public HealthThe Faculty has further information and a list of faculty adviserswho can advise you on the speciality.www.fph.org.ukOn the training programme in your region...• The Faculty of Public HealthThe Faculty has further information and a list of trainingprogramme directors for the different regions.www.fph.org.uk


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  • On applying to the training programme...• Medical Training Application Servicewww.mtas.nhs.ukOn how specialist training in the UK works...• Modernising Medical Careerswww.mmc.nhs.uk• Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Boardwww.pmetb.org.uk


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  • Further sources of information...• Conference on Postgraduate Medical DeansA source of links to all deanerieswww.copmed.org.uk• General Medical Councilwww.gmc-uk.org


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Thank You for your interest

If you require further information please speak

to one of the Consultants in Public Health or

Trainees.


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