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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 the Public Health National Recruitment Office (PHNRO) in the first instance. PHNRO can be contacted at 

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

Julie O’Boyle FFPH
Health Education England, working across the East Midlands
1 Mere Way 
Ruddington Fields Business Park 
NG11 6JS
E mail:

East of England

Dr Sara Godward
Milton Keynes Council
Tel: 01908 254 354

Dr Anne Swift
 University of East Anglia and University of Cambridge

London/Kent, Surrey and Sussex

Please look at our web page to see information about our training programme and policies.

Details of how to apply for a training placement can be found on the FPH Recruitment information web page.

If these do not address your queries, please contact Dr Jean Chapple in the first instance:

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
Floor 5, Skipton House
80 London Road
London SE1 6LH

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
Head of the School 
Consultant in Health Protection 
Cheshire & Merseyside Health Protection Team
PHE North West
Suite 3b, The Cunard Building
Water Street
Liverpool L3 1DS
Tel: 0344 225 0562(choose option 1)
 Further Information at the North West School of Public Health


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

    Maggie Rae
    Consultant in Public Health  
    Public Health England SW        
    2 Rivergate        
    Temple Quay                            
BS1 6EH  
    Tel: 07393763725


Dr Siân Griffiths
Consultant in Public Health Medicine
Public Health Wales
Cardiff & Vale Public Health Team
Global Link
Dunleavy Drive
CF10 0SN
Tel: 029 21832125


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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