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Public health person specification

To be eligible to apply, you must meet all the essential criteria in the ST1 public health person specification. This can be accessed at the NHS Specialty Recruitment website.

What general skills do I need to apply?   
  • An understanding of, and commitment to, public health and its application
  • Post-degree work experience in an area relevant to public health practice, including academic work, attaining NHS Agenda for Change Band 6 or above, or equivalent, in this work (the exact length of time for each of these will be found in the person specification)
  • Good verbal and written communication skills – the ability to listen, present, facilitate and negotiate effectively, and to adapt language usage appropriately to the setting
  • Good team-working and leadership skills – working in multidisciplinary, non-hierarchical structures and in a collaborative manner
  • A broad, strategic outlook and vision, and the ability to manage change
  • Research and critical appraisal skills, with a good understanding of epidemiology and statistics
  • Self-reliance and self-motivation
  • The ability to prioritise, plan and work on your own initiative
  • A desire to keep learning
  • Good IT skills

Further entry requirements

For doctors:
  • Full GMC registration at the time of appointment (ie. date of commencement of the post), with a licence to practise
  • Completion of a Foundation Year 2 programme, or the equivalent competencies which must be formally evidenced.
For those from other backgrounds:
  • Either a good first degree (minimum 2:1) or a higher degree (ie. Masters or PhD)
  • Degrees must be certified by the date of application
  • At least 60 months' work experience of which a minimum of 24 months must be in an area relevant to public health practice at NHS Agenda for Change Band 6 or above, or equivalent
  • Applicants with more than 60m experience at NHS Agenda for Change Band 8(a) or above may find alternative  routes to specialist registration more appropriate and should discuss this further with their local Deanery Head of School and the UK Public Health Register office.

If you are eligible then please see our guidance for 2017 applications.

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