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Deaneries are in charge of all medical training in a demarcated geographical area. The delivery of training is overseen by a Training Programme Director.

Training placements will usually be within one deanery but may be across deaneries in special circumstances. Please see the Out of Programme page for further details.

In each region in England there are one or more postgraduate deans who, with their regional postgraduate medical education committees, oversee training in all medical specialties in their locality. Similar arrangements apply in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Local specialty training committees for public health

The local specialty training committees for public health, like those for other specialties, are sub-committees of the local postgraduate medical education committee

Membership includes:

  • the TPD/Head of School;
  • the postgraduate dean;
  • the local Faculty Adviser;
  • a representative of local university departments of public health;
  • trainers from NHS departments of public health;
  • trainees.

The committees are the responsibility of the postgraduate medical dean, are independent of employing authorities and are usually chaired by the local Faculty Adviser.

They co-ordinate training and continuing education in public health at all levels within their locality as well as monitoring standards of training programmes and the progress of individual trainees.

Training Programme Directors are appointed in open competition by the deans and represent the deans.

Faculty Advisers are appointed by FPH through an election process, work closely with Training Programme Directors and have a complimentary role in the implementation of the training programme.

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Interdeanery transfers

Such transfers are not automatic, but at the discretion of the deans involved. Something in the personal circumstances of the applicant must have changed substantially since employment was first taken up. Please refer to the Lead Dean for Public Health for more information.

Upon transfer, trainees should complete the Training Programme Feedback Form and return the completed form as directed by their Training Programme Director. Further information about the use of the forms can be found in the Guidance on Use.

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Maximum Training Capacity (MTC)

Further information can be found on the Training Policies page.

Training Programme Directors

The training programme director (TPD) is appointed by a dean and has a key role in managing the specialty training programme across a geographical area. The fundamental role is that of co-ordinator and communicator between registrars, the Postgraduate Deans, the local Public Health Specialty School and the Faculty of Public Health (FPH).

The key roles and responsibilities of a TPD include:

  • Administration and management of the training programme(s) on behalf of the Postgraduate Dean.
  • Participation in the recruitment and appointment process.
  • An initial assessment of the Specialty Registrar's learning needs and the most appropriate placements for each registrar at the start of and throughout training.
  • Induction into public health training in general.
  • Overseeing the delivery of the training.
  • Assisting in the appointment, training and updating of educational supervisors.
  • Monitoring and inspection of training placements.

Individuals with queries relating to possible applications and/or eligibility for training should direct their query to a programme of likely first choice. Individuals are strongly discouraged from sending multiple similar queries to several programmes in order to avoid duplication of work for programme directors.

Defence Medical Services

Dr Ruth Howlett-Shipley MFPH
Consultant in Public Health Medicine and Communicable Disease Control - Royal Navy
Medical Division
Leach Building
Whale Island
Tel: 02392685501

East Midlands

 Caroline Hird 
Health Education East Midlands
1 Mere Way
Ruddington Fields Business Park
NG11 6JS 

East of England

Dr Sara Godward
Milton Keynes Council
Tel: 01908 254 354

Augustine Pereira
 Norfolk County Council

London/Kent, Surrey and Sussex

Please address general recruitment enquiries in the first instance to Dr Chapple:-

Dr Jean Chapple FFPH
  Public health consultant and training programme director SW London, Surrey & Sussex

Dr Jane Scarlett MRCGP FFPH
Consultant in Public Health
PH Commissioning Team, NHSE London
4th Floor Southside
105 Victoria Street

Dr Yvonne Young FFPH

    Consultant in Communicable Disease Control
    South West London Health Protection Team Public Health England
    Floor 3C, Skipton House
    80 London Road
    London SE1 6LH

North East

David P Landes
Lead Training Programme Director
Public Health England
Kirkstone Villa
Lanchester Road Hospital
Lanchester Road
Tel: 0191 371 3666

Northern Ireland

Dr Denise O'Hagan
Public Health Agency
Ormeau Avenue Unit
18 Ormeau Ave
Tel: +44 28 9040 0000 

North West

Dr Richard Jarvis
Cheshire & Merseyside Health Protection Team
Rail House, Floor 5
Lord Nelson Street
L1 1JF
Tel: 0844 225 1295 (choose option 1 twice)
Further information at the Mersey Deanery website


Dr Premila Webster MFPH
Consultant in Public Health
Department of Public Health
University of Oxford
Old Road Campus
Tel: 01865 289249
Fax: 01865 226720
Further information at the Oxford School of Public Health website


Dr Ellie Hothersall FFPH
Public Health Directorate
NHS Tayside
Clepington Road
Tel: 01382425683 or 01382383812

South West

Dr Ayoola Oyinloye FFPH
Training Programme Co-ordinator
South West Public Health Training Programme
Health Education South West
Severn Postgraduate Medical Education
Deanery House
Vantage Business Park
Old Gloucestershire Road
Bristol  BS16 1GW
Tel: 01454 252706


Dr Brendan Mason FFPH
Consultant Epidemiologist
Public Health Wales
The Temple of Peace and Health
Cathays Park
CF10 3NW
Tel: 029 2040 2471


Dr Julie Parkes
University of Southampton
  • Southampton General Hospital
  • Mailpoint 801
  • South Academic Block
  • Tremona Road
  • Southampton
  • SO16 6YD
  • Tel: 02380 796938
  • Email:
  • West Midlands

    Dr  Irfan Ghani 
    Lead TPD – Public Health, Health Education West Midlands
    Address: St Chads Court | 213 Hagley Road | Edgbaston | Birmingham | B16 9RG
    Phone number: 0121 695 2552

    Dr Christopher Chiswell
    Consultant in Public Health Medicine
    Birmingham Children’s Hospital
    Steelhouse Lane 
    B4 6NH
    T: 0121 333 9999 ext 8573


    Dr Annette Wood
     University of Birmingham & PHE
    Email &
    Phone number 0121 414 7846 (uni) + 07918336061 (PHE)

    Yorkshire and the Humber

    Ms Val Barker MSc
    Head of School of Public Health
    Yorkshire and the Humber Postgraduate Deanery
    Willow Terrace Road
    University of Leeds
    Leeds LS2 9JT
    Tel: 0113 3437816
    Further Information

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