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The curriculum is predicated on the basis that most public health practice is delivered in core NHS organisations:

  • Primary Care Trusts in England
  • Health Boards in Scotland
  • Health and Social Services Boards in Northern Ireland
  • National Public Health Service (NPHS) in Wales
  • the regional/national tier of the NHS/Department of Health.

Core learning outcomes are designed to ensure the delivery of an effective consultant workforce for these settings.

Most public health consultants will work in a Primary Care Trust/Health Board and therefore the majority of training and the provision of key learning experience is in this setting. This allows Specialty Registrars early exposure to routine public health practice.

Public health training programmes are delivered on a deanery or multi-deanery basis. Each programme has a range of approved posts at Primary Care Trust/Health Board level into which new recruits will normally be placed during the first two phases of training. These posts are similar across the UK (although the terminology may be different).

Specialty Registrars will develop a working understanding of the delivery of healthcare in general practice, primary care, the acute hospital, the community and in partnership with other agencies.

Specialty Registrars enrolled on an academic course are encouraged to integrate their knowledge of theory and practice of public health in the context of public health practice in their training location.

Specialty Registrars will discuss possible and suitable subsequent placements with their training programme director and deanery Specialty Training Committee to agree the placements that best meet with identified educational needs and career aspirations.

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