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Specialist training posts

Specialty Registrars who wish to develop special interests and who move onto this path of phase 3 training will be able to achieve additional learning outcomes in certain areas of the curriculum through trainee-selected special interest options and experience specialist settings while also consolidating their more advanced core competence.

All training programmes also hold a number of specialist posts which are similar between programmes (e.g. health protection, academic public health, Department of Health/NHS regional tier, Public Health Observatory etc) which allow Specialty Registrars to develop special interests in defined settings.

Several programmes also hold a number of National Treasure posts which are available by negotiation and/or competitive allocation during the final phase of training. Please see National Treasure page for full details and a full list of training placements.

For Specialty Registrars intending to pursue a career in international public health, training may be possible with the World Health Organization (WHO) or other agencies abroad.

Recommendations for safe trainee changeover

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) and NHS Employers have provided guidance which offers simple, practical recommendations that can be implemented in organisations to help mitigate the problems associated with simultaneous trainee changeover.
Doctors in training in the UK have historically started new six-monthly rotations in February and August, with the majority of junior doctors rotating to new training programmes during the first week of August.  There is increasing evidence to show that simultaneous changeover is associated with reduced efficiency and increased mortality. AoMRC and NHS Employers have worked with partner organisations to recommend four simple measures that can help avoid these potential problems:

  • Appropriate availability of consultants
  • Flexible and intelligent rota design
  • High quality clinical induction at all units
  • Reduction of elective work at changeover time.

For more information see the AoMRC website.


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