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Applications in England, Scotland and Wales

The recruitment round for 2014 begins in November 2013. Eligibility criteria, the application process, assessment and selection will be broadly similar to the 2013 round. However potential applicants should be aware of some changes to eligibility which require evidence of appropriate competence within the five years preceding August 2014. Full details are available on the recruitment pages. You are advised to keep in touch with these pages in order to ensure that you have the correct information as it may change slightly as further national all specialty information is released up until the date of applications opening. Posts will be advertised from 1 November 2013. Applications will open 12 November and close on 5 December. Assessment (written) tests will be held on 8 January 2014 and selection centre (interviews and other tests) between 18 – 20 February 2014. If you have specific queries about the programmes, please contact the Training Programme Director (TPD) in your area or in the area in which you wish to train. For general enquiries about the recruitment and selection process please contact
Contact details for TPDs.

Advertisements for training are now published in the British Medical Journal and on NHS Jobs website (7 November 2013).

Applicants are asked to note that, on the NHS Jobs website, the employer for public health specialty training posts is referred to as the University Hospitals of Leicester. Applicants should ignore this. Prior to the opening of national recruitment rounds, it is a requirement that posts are advertised nationally for a minimum of 28 days before the closing date of 5 December 2013. In practice, this means that for 2014 round 1, it was necessary for advertisements to be published to the NHS Jobs website by Thursday 7 November 2013.

The NHS Jobs website is set up in such a way that only regional NHS employers can publish advert, and upon publication, each advert must display the title of the particular employer that has organised publication.

With Health Education East Midlands/Faculty of Public Health not being a NHS employer for specialty trainees, and thus not having an account on the NHS Jobs website, the ST1 advert is published on our behalf by colleagues at one of our employing Trusts in the East Midlands. This means University Hospitals of Leicester is shown as the employer.

As noted above, this is just an administrative issue and can be disregarded entirely from a recruitment perspective.

Applications for programmes in England, Scotland and Wales will open at 10:00 on 12 November 2013 and close at 17:00 on 5 December 2013. Applicants will be required to submit one application only with the opportunity to preference their choice of programmes at a later date via the UK offers system. Again, please note that the reference to University Hospitals of Leicester will have no impact on your choice of programme, preferencing will be requested from you at a later stage in the application process.

Medical applicants applying for more than one specialty should register in advance; the registration link opened on 14 October 2013. Registration will allow a medical applicant’s details to be logged by the application systems in the event of an application for more than one specialty. 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 10:00 (GMT) on 12 November 2013.

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. Various documents that may be uploaded are available from these webpages.

Old versions of any supporting documents will not be accepted

The link to access the online portal for applications is provided here.

Applications will close at 17:00 (GMT) on 5 December 2013.

All posts in England, Scotland and Wales will be recruited in accordance with the 2014 National ST1 person specification. Applicants are advised to read the FAQs and applicant specialty specific guidance available on these web pages. In particular, the criteria around eligibility are very specific and careful attention should be paid to these in advance of an application for public health specialty training.

Demonstration of Foundation Competence for applicants through the medical route

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 or having completed a formal Foundation programme in the preceding five years will be automatically eligible. Other applicants will need to evidence competence for a minimum of three months wte in the five years preceding August 2014 if their foundation experience (or equivalent) was completed before August 2009. 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 2009. Equivalent competence must be certified against all the competencies in the Foundation curriculum. There is an 'Alternative Certificate' available for download. 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 2009. Over the sum of the forms that you submit you must ensure that all competences are covered.

Please ensure your Alternative Certificate(s) is/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.

Further information is available in the Applicant Guide to Specialty Recruitment in England 2014.

Demonstration of Agenda for Change Band 6 (or equivalent) competence for applicants through the non medical route

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 2009. Any applicant unable to demonstrate this from a post for a minimum of three months (wte) within the preceding five years will be ineligible to apply to specialty training. 

All posts will commence in August 2014. Please follow the links below for further information on each programme: (this table will be fully populated as information is received from programmes)

ProgrammeNo of posts (2014)Competition ratios
Three year's data.
Total applications, total posts, ratio (posts: eligible applications)
Job & programme descriptions
DMS 0 Posts in the Defence Medical Services are open only to currently serving officers


East Midlands 6 84; 18; 5

Recruitment pages and programme description

East of England

EoE north 4;
EoE south 4

8 127; 24; 5

Recruitment pages and programme description


SWL and KSS 5;
SEL and KSS 5;
London North 4


NT: 238; 9; 26
SEL: 79; 15; 5
SWL: 116; 15; 8


Northern 2 70; 12; 6

Programme description

North West

Cumbria/Lancs 2; Cheshire/Merseyside 2;
Greater Manchester 2


Cu/L: 25; 12; 2
Ch/M: 75; 12; 6
Gt M: 75; 12; 6

Recruitment pages and programme description

Oxford 4 59; 9; 7

Recruitment pages and programme description

West Scotland 3;
North Scotland 2;
South East Scotland 1

6 19; 3; 6

Recruitment pages and programme description

South West

6 62; 9; 7

Recruitment pages and programme description 


3 32; 6; 5

Recruitment pages and programme description


Hampshire, Dorset and
Isle of Wight

6 35; 8; 4 Recruitment pages

West Midlands

7 146; 24; 6

Recruitment pages and programme description

Yorkshire & the Humber

9 98; 15; 7

Programme description

Total posts 77    

Overall Ratio


1345; 207; 6


Proportions of applicants by applicant group eligible: offered

2012: 58 posts



Medics not in Foundation




Medics in Foundation




Other professional background




2013: 80 posts



Medics not in Foundation




Medics in Foundation




Other professional background




Recruitment timetable 2013/2014 - England, Scotland and Wales 

Tuesday 12 November 2013, 1000 (GMT)

  Applications open
Thursday 5 December 2013, 1700 (GMT)   Applications close
From 23 December 2013 Invitations to assessment centre
8 January 2014 Assessment centre

18, 19, 20 February 2014 

Selection centre

First offers will be made by 5 March 2014

All offers will be made via the East Midlands LETB. Offers will be made in meritocratic order with highest ranked candidates receiving first preference until all available posts are filled.

• Applications will only be accepted through the electronic portal; paper applications will not be accepted

• Applications to England, Scotland & Wales will close at 17:00 Thursday 5 December 2013.

The following screen shots will support your progress through the application portal.

Please note that these screen shots are taken from a demo system and the actual content will be different when the live system is running.

When you access the Pathway home page you will be presented with this screen:

intrepid pathway 2014


You should click 'Register here' to register. Please note that the 'Applicant User guide’ is a generic guide. You are advised to read the speciality specific guide available on this website as a download for public health specific advice.

When you click register, you will see the following screen. You should choose ‘Health Education East Midlands’ (HEEM) as the primary organisation you are applying to. HEEM is the Local Education & Training Board (LETB) co-ordinating national recruitment into public health. You will be able to exercise your choices for programmes at a later stage.

intrepid pathway 2014

Register and then log in. You will be presented with the following screen. Click on 'vacancies'.

intrepid pathway 2014

Scroll the list of vacancies until you find 'Public Health Medicine Specialty Training (ST)' and click 'Open'. You will be presented with the following screen:

intrepid pathway 2014

Click 'Apply here' and follow the application process.

The application process

Applicants successful at long listing (eligibility testing) will be invited to assessment (written tests of numerical and critical reasoning and a situational judgment, 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 should be careful to check what identity evidence will be accepted. Candidates will be given time to familiarise themselves with the test environment before timed tests begin.

Assessment tests will be held only on 8 January 2014.

Applicants will need to reach a minimum standard at the tests of numeracy, critical reasoning and the situational judgment test. Applicants passing this standard will then be ranked according to their scores at assessment. Applicants failing to meet the minimum standard at assessment centre will be notified at this stage that their application will not proceed further.

Applicants at the top end of the ranking for written tests will be invited to a half-day selection centre (face-to-face assessment).

Applicants should be aware that a charge may be incurred by the test centre if they fail to attend a booked assessment.

Selection centre will be held during the period 18, 19, 20 February 2014 in Loughborough.

Individuals wishing to apply should ensure they are available for these dates as alternatives will not be provided.

First offers will be issued by 5 March 2014.

Selection centre test elements include face-to-face interviews in steeplechase format with each candidate interviewed in six 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 fully 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 for the selection centre and a minimum score for individual elements of the person specification for consideration for appointment. Both requirements must be met before a candidate may be considered for an offer for training.

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.

Receiving offers

In 2014, public health will be using the UK Offers website for the management of offers.

In line with the national timeline for Round 1 recruitment all first offers will be made by 5 March 2014.

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 programmes. 

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 (for medics) from other specialties in Round 1.  For further details, please refer to the applicant guide on the Medical Specialty Training (England) website.

Please contact the recruitment team at if you have any questions about the offers process.

Additional Information

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.

For complaints relating to national recruitment activity the lead recruiter is responsible for managing and 'owning' the complaints. It is their responsibility to liaise with local LETBs/Deaneries to ensure complaints are managed in line with the national complaints procedure.

Applicants should address complaints confidentially to Marcia Reid at the address below or via email to

Marcia Reid
Head of Recruitment and Programmes
Health Education East Midlands
1 Mere Way
Nottinghamshire NG11 6JS