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 

Development and evaluation of mass media behaviour change campaigns in Africa

The FPH Public Health Film SIG is pleased to be able to offer a new training project opportunity for specialist registrars with Development Media International (DMI), an NGO that creates evidence-based mass media behaviour change campaigns to improve health and save lives, primarily in Africa. DMI campaigns use radio, TV, social media and mobile phones to deliver health improvement messages at scale, using a storytelling approach to motivate behaviour change.

DMI’s main office is in London (where the project would be based). DMI has a fast-changing work environment, and each project involves a different set of skills and competencies, so the role and focus of the registrar’s project will depend on the projects in progress at the time of the placement and can also be tailored to the registrar’s skills, interests and training needs.

The advertised project is to scale up a family planning media campaign in Cote d’Ivoire. We will be designing and delivering a national media campaign, using radio, TV and social media to promote family planning and sexual and reproductive health messages in Cote d’Ivoire.

The deadline for applying is Friday 11th February with a start date as soon as possible after. The registrar will be required to have their own FPH accredited educational supervisor in place. For further information please refer to Project Brief and contact Dr Joanna Murray joanna.murray@developmentmedia.net.

Evidence and research are central to the way that DMI works. Desk research, modelling and formative research are key components of the campaign design process, and campaigns are robustly monitored and evaluated using a range of quantitative and qualitative methods. The registrar would work within the Research team and be supervised by Dr Joanna Murray PhD (DMI Director of Research), but there may be opportunities to be involved in collaborative activities with other DMI teams e.g., Creative.

Further information about DMI, its work and examples of outputs developed for recent campaigns can be found on the DMI website or by talking with Dr Murray.

Health and Climate Change project

This StR project is focussed on supporting the implementation of the Climate and Health Strategy and providing support to activities of the Climate and Health Committee as appropriate. As part of the work, the project will provide a StR the opportunity to be involved in key discussions on Climate Change and health with FPH members across the UK and connect with other organisations involved in climate and health work.

The project provides a fantastic opportunity to:

  • Develop system leadership and strategy development

  • Work in a fast-paced national role, focusing on whole system approaches

  • Contribute to delivery of public health priorities on Climate Change and health

  • Work across public health systems at a UK and international level

  • Apply a wide range of public health skills such as negotiating and influencing, strategic leadership and collaborative working, and appropriate use of public health evidence

The placement will enable the trainee to gain an improved understanding of:

  • The key institutions relevant to system leadership across health and other agencies. The role and responsibilities of FPH.

  • Relevant strategies/policies/plans and how they can be developed, delivered, monitored and evaluated

The deadline for applying is Monday 31 January 2022. For further information please refer to the project brief and contact Prof Maggie Rae president@fph.org.uk and Prof Sue Atkinson sueatkinsonph@gmail.com.

FPH Project Global Health Committee - Advocacy

This project is an opportunity for a registrar to support advocacy for the Faculty of Public Health Global Health Committee to write an article describing the situation for Afghan refugees who have just entered the UK.

It will be informed by recent work in the bridging hotels on the most pressing immediate needs for the refugees (food, clothes, medical care) and longer term issues (housing, mental health, education, employment).

In the longer term the refugees are facing prolonged uncertainty in bridging hotels, and not knowing where and when they will eventually settle. The resettlement of Syrian refugees was successful and lessons need to be shared to improve the current situation. The purpose of the article is to raise awareness to the plight of the Afghan refugees, highlighting successful resettlement programmes and suggesting to the UK government that we learn lessons from past experiences.

The applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Exact commitment is flexible and can be based around needs of the registrar but it is anticipated this will take a week in total to complete.

For further information please refer to Project Brief and contact Nicole Klynman nicole.klynman.@hackney.gov.uk. 

Urgent review of the public health information and intelligence landscape

This project is an opportunity for an energetic registrar with an interest in information and intelligence (I&I), workforce or training issues to make an impact on the shape of public health and its ability to meet current and future challenges through a skilled data-focussed workforce. Expertise in data analysis is not required, as the focus is on workforce and organisational issues.

The rapidly changing information needs of national and local services to support responses to the pandemic have highlighted the vital importance of data, and the skills to use it effectively, at all levels. A properly equipped and I&I workforce will continue to be vital as COVID-19 surveillance becomes part of routine health protection and the focus moves to understanding the lasting consequences of the pandemic, Brexit, austerity and new policy agendas. Current interest around new health legislation and structures, NHS data strategy, integrated care and other developments make it urgent to improve understanding of the public health I&I landscape in the near future.

The output of the project will be a report describing the research done, analysing the issues, and making recommendations for the future public health I&I workforce, putting workforce needs in the wider context of health and social care developments, public health service, academic and analytical workforce as a whole, and trends in data use and technologies.

The deadline for applying is 15th December with a start date as soon as possible after. The work will be for approximately 3 to 6 months, depending on the number of days a week the registrar can allocate to this project.

For further information please refer to Project Brief and contact Myer Glickman myer.glickman@ons.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.

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