Applications in England, Scotland and Wales
Advertisements for training will be published in the British Medical Journal and on NHS Jobs on 2 November 2012. Applications for programmes in England, Scotland and Wales will open at midday on 16 November 2012 and close at midday on 30 November 2012. Applicants will be required to submit one application only with the opportunity to preference their choice of programmes.
Applicants for Specialty Training in Public Health who come from a background other than medicine do not need to complete a registration process and should await the full opening of applications at midday (GMT) on 16 November 2012.
Applications will be submitted online; no paper applications or supporting documents will be accepted. Applicants are advised to read through the application form to understand what further documents may be required for upload in order that they leave sufficient time to source these.
The link to access the on line portal for applications is https://secure.intrepidonline.co.uk/Pathway2013.
Applications will close at midday (GMT) on 30 November 2012.
When you are in the application portal you will be taken to the Intrepid Pathway 2013 home screen. On the left hand side there is an option to sign in or register. You need to register before you can sign in. Choose the register link and the screen shown below will appear. Complete the details for yourself and choose Faculty of Public Health as the primary organisation. Do not choose a deanery as all vacancies appear under the FPH banner. Once you have registered you can sign in with your email address and personal password. Once signed in you choose vacancies and proceed with your application as below
You will then be presented with a screen similar to the screen shot below
In the Unit of Application box you should choose Public Health. Do not click on the name of a deanery.
In the Specialty box choose Public Health.
In the Grade box choose Specialty Trainee Year 1.
Choose No for ‘Include closed vacancies’.
The link to the application form for the vacancies will then open.
Please note that you will not at this stage be asked to express preference for programme choice. You will be asked this after applications have closed through a separate electronic system, the UK Offers System. Please see the following webpage for further information
All posts in England, Scotland and Wales will be recruited in accordance with the 2013 National ST1 person specification. There is supplementary guidance available for applicants assessing their eligibility for the public health training scheme.
Demonstration of Foundation Competence (for medical applicants only)
All applicants wishing to train through the medical route will need to evidence attainment of Foundation competencies within the preceding five years. Applicants are advised to read all guidance carefully to ensure that they can provide appropriate evidence. Applicants currently in a formal Foundation programme, having completed a formal Foundation programme in the preceding five years, or currently in a specialty training programme for which Foundation competence was assessed, will be automatically eligible (applicants may need to upload supporting documents).
Any applicant who has not undertaken a UK Foundation programme within the past five years may be required (based on your responses on your application form) to submit evidence of equivalent competence. Equivalent competence must be certified by a supervising registered consultant with whom the applicant has worked for a minimum of three months since August 2008. Equivalent competence must be certified against all the competencies in the Foundation curriculum. Over the sum of the forms that you submit you must ensure that all competences are covered. There are two 'Alternative Certificates' available for download: one for specialties with acute medical responsibilities (Form A) and one for specialties without acute medical responsibilities (Form B). The list of specialties with and without acute medical responsibilities is available (Appendix to Certificates A&B). An applicant without all Foundation competencies certified will not be eligible to proceed.
Applicants may submit more than one Alternative Certificate from different posts in order to show evidence of achievement of all competencies, but the certificates must relate to posts undertaken for at least three months, whole time equivalent (wte), each since August 2008. Please ensure your Alternative Certificate(s) A and/or Alternative Certificate(s) B are uploaded with your application. If you have difficulty uploading the document you should send a scanned copy to . Original certificates will be required for verification at selection centre.
Form Z (medical) should be completed by any medical applicant who has previously completed Foundation (or equivalent) but has not been in clinical practice since August 2008. This form allows the applicant to state their plans to undertake three months' wte Foundation level work. This work should be properly supervised by an accredited supervisor. Any successful applicant will be required to submit certification of this work before taking up a training post.
Further information is available in the Applicant Guide to Specialty Recruitment in England 2013.
Demonstration of Agenda for Change Band 6 (or equivalent) competence (for other professional applicants only)
Applicants from a background other than medicine will need to be able to demonstrate practice at Agenda for Change Band 6 (or equivalent) since August 2008. Any applicant unable to demonstrate this but who otherwise meets the eligibility criteria may submit a Form Z (non medical). This form allows the applicant to state their plans to work at the appropriate level for a minimum of three months wte in a relevant post. Any successful applicant will be required to submit certification of this work before taking up a training post.
All posts will commence in August 2013. Please follow the links below for further information on each programme:
|Programme||No of posts (2013)||Competition ratios|
Two years data 2011/2012.
Total applications, total posts, ratio (posts: eligible applications)
|Job & programme descriptions|
|DMS||3||Posts in the Defence Medical Services are open only to currently serving officers|
||62, 12, 1:5|
||87, 16, 1:5|
(North Thames 2; SE London Kent/Medway 5; SW London Surrey and Sussex 5)
|12||303, 27, 1:11
North London 162, 7, 1:23
South East London 56, 10, 1:6
South West London 85, 10, 1:9
||58, 8, 1:7|
|Northern Ireland are recruiting separately||1||N/A|
(Cumbria/Lancs 4; Cheshire/Merseyside 4; Greater Manchester 4)
|12||111, 24, 1:5|
||47, 6, 1:8|
|6||32, 3, 1:11|
||10, 2, 1:5|
(Hampshire, Dorset and Isle of Wight)
|5||13, 3, 1:4||See website|
|6||112, 18, 1:6|
|8||63, 7, 1:9|
|Overall Ratio||901, 130, 1:7|
Recruitment timetable 2012 - England, Scotland and Wales
|Friday 16 November 2012, Midday (GMT)||
|Friday 30 November 2012, Midday (GMT)|| Applications close
|From 20 December 2012||Invitations to assessment centre|
|7 January 2013||Assessment centre|
w/b 11 February 2013
First offers will be made by 1 March 2013
All offers will be made via the East Midlands
• Applications will only be accepted through the electronic portal; paper applications will not be accepted
• Applications to England, Scotland & Wales will close at midday on Friday 30 November 2012.
PLEASE NOTE APPLICATIONS CLOSE A FULL WEEK BEFORE OTHER CLINICAL SPECIALTIES
The application process
• Applicants successful at long listing (eligibility testing) will be invited to an assessment centre (written tests of numerical and critical reasoning and a situational judgement (scenario-based) test)
• Assessment tests will be taken online and offered through test centres at various locations throughout the UK and Europe. Candidates will be required to provide evidence of their identity before sitting tests. Candidates will be given time to familiarise themselves with the test environment before timed tests begin
• Assessment centre will be held only on 7 January 2013
• Applicants will need to reach a minimum standard at the tests of numeracy, critical reasoning and the situational judgement test. Applicants passing this standard will then be ranked according to their scores at assessment
• Applicants at the top end of the ranking for written tests will be invited to a half-day selection centre (face-to-face assessment)
• Applicant should be aware that a charge may be incurred if they fail to attend a booked assessment.
• Selection centre will be held during the week beginning 11 February 2013
• First offers will be issued by 1 March 2013.
Selection centre test elements include face-to-face interviews in steeplechase format with each candidate interviewed by a number of short panels. Candidates will also sit a written test of qualitative and quantitative analytic skills and a group exercise. Full details of the venue and requirements of candidates will be sent to those applicants invited to attend selection centre.
All elements of the selection centre will be scored by trained assessors and the total scores will be combined with scores from assessment centre to give a final ranked score. There is a minimum total score set and a minimum score for individual elements of the person specification for consideration for appointment.
Individuals wishing to apply should ensure they are available for these dates as alternatives will not be provided.
Applicants should note that all communications will be through automated email with short time windows for response. Applicants are advised to remain in contact with their email throughout the selection period.
In line with the national timeline for Round 1 recruitment all first offers will be made by 1 March 2013.
If your score is below the minimum level we have set, you will receive notification that you have been unsuccessful this year.
Offers will be made in meritocratic order with the highest ranked candidate receiving an offer for their first-choice preference. Not all candidates will receive an offer for their first preference if successful at interview and may receive an offer for a lower preference depending on their rank and the number of posts available within the different deaneries.
Applicants who receive a Round 1 offer are given an option to 'hold' that offer if awaiting offers for a higher preference in this specialty or from other specialties in Round 1. For further details, please refer to the applicant guide on the Medical Specialty Training (England) website.
In 2013 Public Health will be using the UK Offers website for the management of offers following the selection-centre process.
Please contact the recruitment team at if you have any questions about the offers process.
The Postgraduate Dean confirms that these placements and/or programmes have the required educational and Dean's approval.
Right to work in the UK
Doctors who are not UK or EEA nationals and whose immigration status entitles them to work without restriction in the UK will be considered on an equal basis with UK and EEA nationals. Other non-UK or non-EEA nationals with limited leave to remain in the UK and whose employment will require Tier 2 sponsorship are subject to the resident labour market test and may only be considered if there is no suitable UK/EEA candidate or a candidate with an eligible visa for the post. Evidence of immigration status should normally consist of a date-stamped passport and accompanying letter from the Home Office. Please visit the Home Office website for more information.
Criminal record checks
Successful candidates will be required to apply for a Criminal Records Bureau check.
Equality & diversity
We are committed to equality of opportunity and diversity in employment. Applications are welcomed from all sectors of the community and we aim to recruit a diverse workforce that reflects the people we serve.
Complaints and appeals
Complaints and appeals to the public health national recruitment process can be submitted and assessed against a transparent hearing process. If you have a complaint or appeal against a decision, please read carefully through the Complaints and Appeals document before your submission.
- Applicant Guidance Public Health 2013
- Person Specification 2013
- Table of specialties for demonstrating foundation competency
- Form A: Declaration of foundation competence equivalence - Certificate A
- Form B: Declaration of foundation competence equivalence - Certificate B
- Alternative Certificate Research
- Form Z (Medical)
- Form Z (Non Medical)
- Recruitment FAQ's