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 

Differential Attainment and Fair Training project

Public Health is a clinical specialty committed to reducing inequalities.

The UK Faculty of Public Health (FPH) is leading a multi phased programme of work to look at public health training across the UK through a diversity and inclusion lens (ethnicity, gender, disability).  This will include reviewing the recruitment processes, progress through training and differential attainment at examination and ARCP.  A later phase will also look at appointments and career progression.

Our ambition is to develop a workforce that is representative of the diversity of the communities that we, as a profession, serve. 

This project is an opportunity for a specialty registrar to work closely with the Faculty supporting the delivery of a major project on equality, diversity and developing a fair training culture. The first phase of this project “Differential Attainment in Recruitment to Public Health Specialty Training” has already been completed by a specialist registrar but we are now looking for a registrar to work on the next phase looking at exam, ARCP and other training data.

Key roles

  • Lead on a multifaceted project involving various partners across all 4 countries
  • Coordinate and work with national partners to understand the processes, policies and available data sets
  • Undertake a package of analytical, qualitative, and descriptive work using available historic and contemporary data from available sources (FPH, GMC, SEBs, UKPHR, Consultant data census, LA data on PH specialists/consultants, Leaky Pipeline survey) to include:
    • exam and ARCP data and outcomes
    • diversity of educational supervisors and examiners
  • Identify gaps in fair training culture and any biases
  • Identify where support or interventions may best be focussed to minimise disadvantages
  • Identify improvements in data that could be used to monitor actions
  • Identify areas of good practice

The deadline for applying is 27th May 2022 with a start date as soon as possible after. 

For further information please refer to Project Brief and contact Dr Samia Latif Samia.latif@phe.gov.uk or Dr David Chappel david.chappel@blueyonder.co.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 29th April 2022 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.

WHO Europe Rapid Health Equity Stock-take

This is a unique opportunity to work with the World Health Organisation and influence international policy on health inequalities.  It bridges academia and policy in a way that is difficult to find in other Registrar placements.

WHO Europe has commissioned the University of Liverpool to undertake a rapid health equity stocktake, which aims to explore how health equity has changed across Europe and Central Asia since the COVID-19 pandemic.  This is part of the wider Health Equity Status Report initiative (HESRi), which countries across the WHO European region are using as their platform to increase national action on health equity.

The findings of this stock-take will support national authorities, European partners and WHO Europe in the prioritization of health sector actions and cross-sectoral policy alliances for health in the next 2-5 years. The initiative is supporting implementation of the WHO European Program of Work priorities on leaving no one behind and strengthening European alliances for achieving healthy prosperous lives for all.

The analytical work is already well underway for this project but, it requires continued Registrar support that will no longer be available in September.  The Registrar will co-ordinate the writing of the report and support international stakeholder engagement to develop the recommendations.  Publication is expected at the end of November with a view to launching the report at an international forum in December.

For further information please refer to Project Brief and contact Professor Ben Barr, Project lead: benbarr@liverpool.ac.uk