FPH projects

The Faculty of Public Health (FPH) approves a range of projects for public health Specialty Registrars to gain experience and complete work that can contribute to Learning Outcomes. These projects are normally generated by the Faculty or by a Special Interest Group (SIG) within the FPH. The Educational Supervisor (ES) stays the same, but there will be an agreed Activity/Project Supervisor (PS) for the project, with the expectation that any ‘remote’ working done by the registrar, along with travel costs, will be funded by their deanery unless there is specific funding that covers travel. The Faculty will also be introducing a simple post-project evaluation tool.

It is important to note that these projects are not placements. The links on this page provide further detail on the information required when submitting a project for approval by the Faculty and the information needed from StRs when applying to take part in these projects.

I have a project for a Registrar to work on...

Steps to take to have a potential project reviewed by the Faculty for approval:

STEP 1: A project is identified that will be suitable for Registrars to become involved with and will allow them to gain learning outcomes that contribute to their training.

STEP 2: A project plan is completed and submitted to the Faculty using the FPH Project Specification including the learning outcomes, project duration and start and finish dates.

STEP 3: An approved Project Supervisor is identified to manage and support the Registrar with the completion of the project and, where appropriate, sign off pieces of work for their portfolio. The project supervisor will also be in regular contact with the Registrar’s Educational Supervisor to ensure that the work is being completed as agreed.

STEP 4: The project brief is sent to designated lead for projects in the FPH for approval and recording.

STEP 5: The Faculty contacts the applicant/project sponsor either asking for further information or providing notification of approval.

If you have a project that you would like to have a Registrar working on, please complete the FPH Project Specification and submit it to educ@fph.org.uk.

You will need to provide details of the content of the project, agreed Activity/Project Supervisor (PS) and learning objectives that we will be obtained by the Registrar. Learning outcomes can be found in the public health specialty training curriculum

I have seen a project I would like to apply for...

If you wish to apply for an advertised project please complete the FPH Projects Application Form and submit it to educ@fph.org.uk. Applications will be reviewed by the Project Lead and a suitable Registrar will be selected. Queries regarding the content of the projects should go to the named project leads.

Current available projects 

Shaping and supporting the National COVID-19 Testing Programme 

This is a unique opportunity to spend six months as part of the Public Health and Clinical Oversight team providing and securing expert scientific, public health and clinical advice to Pillar 2 of the National COVID-19 Testing Programme (the “Test” part of NHS Test and Trace).

Deliverables and outcomes will be agreed at the beginning of the project. The registrar will be allocated, by agreement, a specific project to undertake, in line with the demands on the programme at the time and the training needs and interests of the registrar. 

Examples might include: reviewing evidence on a specific aspect of testing; designing and implementing a service adaptation to meet the needs of a particular population group; producing guidance and advice for the public and professionals on the testing process and the interpretation of results; or assuring aspects of service quality.

Recent registrars have led on Adult Social Care and Messaging across the digital user journey, and had the opportunity to work on the following:

  • MHRA derogation request for self-test of lateral flow devices
  • Development of and input into clinical SOPs and service specifications for GP and pharmacy testing
  • Production of content for press releases and FAQs
  • User research on behavioural impact of messaging across Test
  • Evaluation of NHS staff daily contact testing pilot
  • Review of WHO guidance for rapid antigen testing

The deadline for applications is flexible, but we would prefer them as soon as possible.

For further information please refer to Project Brief and contact peter.marks@dhsc.gov.uk.

Transport & Health Science Group (THSG)/FPH Transport Special Interest Group - Project for a senior Public Health registrar

Are you in a public health specialist training programme; interested in transport; keen to change the world; and cognisant of the role of transport policy in climate change, physical activity, creating healthy communities, access to health services and opening life opportunities for people with non-standard abilities? Then perhaps we can help each other.

A Faculty of Public Health approved project has become available in all parts of the UK (subject to agreement by your training programme director) for anything from one day a week for three months up to full time for a year. It can be a specific project within your home placement (probably supervised by Prof Jennifer Mindell or Dr Stephen Watkins) or it can be a more substantive piece of work with Prof Mindell as educational supervisor. We can take up to three registrars at a time, but no more than one registrar can have this as their full time project.

THSG is an international scientific society and registered charity seeking to promote healthy transport policies. It also provides the administrative support for the FPH Transport Special Interest Group. We have four possible areas of work for a registrar, depending on the competencies they need to acquire:
• reviewing the body of knowledge and good practice on a topic and preparing a consensus statement;
• monitoring and contributing to debates about transport policy;
• preparing a policy statement on a topic; and/or
• preparing advice for community groups on a topic.

Registrars wishing to take on the project full time could also include a research project or experience of leading a THSG workstream.

Registrars can focus on particular areas of interest but if you wish us to suggest topics, we are particularly interested in:
• Reviewing the policy recommendations in Health on the Move 2 ten years on;
• Globalisation of the transport and health discipline; and
• Integrating policies on walkability, cycle-friendliness and access.

The primary learning outcome of the attachment would be a fuller understanding of the links between transport and health and the actions needed to pursue healthy transport. The attachment would develop competencies in reviewing the scientific body of knowledge (KA 2) and applying it to policy (KA 3), and also in communication. Depending on the option chosen and the subject matter of the project, other competencies could be built in including research, management, dealing with community groups, developing and consolidating the body of knowledge, report writing or influencing policy.

For further information please refer to Project Brief and contact Prof Jenny Mindell j.mindell@ucl.ac.uk or Dr Stephen Watkins thsgchair@gmail.com.

If applications are competitive we may apply a closing date of 7th April 2021 for applications for the first round, but if you have missed that date still enquire, as there may still be vacancies and there will be future rounds.