Somerset Training Prospectus 2020

This is Somerset

Somerset is a two-tiered local authority, with some interesting features.  It has a larger proportion of older people in the population profile than average and features in the top ten most rural counties in the country, presenting a challenge for both service delivery and public health.  The public health team in Somerset is well established and has good links with all four District Councils.  The county council is co-terminus with the CCG and there are very good working relationships between the organisations.  The county council is also
co-terminus with the Somerset STP - one of the smallest STP footprints nationally.  The Director of Public Health, Deputy Director and two Consultants in Public Health are accredited as Educational Supervisors.  There are also two Activity Supervisors who hold senior specialist posts.

Educational Supervisors

Trudi Grant MSc PH UKPHR FPH
Trudi is the Director of Public Health and an Executive Director of Somerset County Council.  Her work focusses on directing the specialist Public Health Team and a team of approximately 250 public health practitioners.  She also undertakes a significant system leadership role across the county, influencing the multiagency work across Somerset to improve and protect the health and wellbeing of Somerset residents.  As well as being an Executive Director in Somerset County Council, Trudi sits on the CCG Governing Body and leads the Health and Wellbeing Board.  Working with a range of partners and stakeholders, she is focusing on embedding public health within all facets of the work carried out by the county council and other organisations across Somerset. 

Louise Woolway MSc, UKPHR, FPH
Louise comes from a sports science, leisure management and physical activity and play development background.  Somerset County Council is a commissioning led organisation and since the move of public health to the local authority Somerset is re-commissioning all services within the policies and procedures of the local authority; Louise leads this work as well as taking the Deputy Director of Public Health role.

Dr Orla Dunn  BSc, PgC LTHE, MPH, CPsychol, HCPC registered, UKPHR, FPH
Orla is a Health Psychologist by background and retains an interest in behaviour change and health research.  She currently leads on population health management including, public health intelligence, and takes a lead role on cardiovascular health and flu vaccination.  She also fulfils the role of Specialty Tutor for Public Health for Somerset.

Alison is a nurse by background and through her work as a cardiac nurse developed a passion for public health, that she has developed in both UK and International PH roles.  She currently is the lead for children and young people’s health and wellbeing, some aspects of health care public health (IFRP) and clinical governance.

Quotes from Registrars

"Working in Somerset has enabled me to be involved with a range of public health projects, fully supporting my development as a registrar.  My placement provided me with great opportunities to lead work across the Council and work with stakeholders across the county, developing my public health skills and competencies in line with the curriculum.  With a commitment to training, highly skilled team and a unique population, I would recommend Somerset County Council as a training location for registrars at all phases of training." 

"Somerset County Council take a proactive approach in ensuring that SpR's are involved at a senior level and work alongside consultants in Public Health, offering a diverse range of learning opportunities across the four consultant led teams."

What We Can Offer

We are flexible and hope to be able to respond to the learning needs of a wide range of Registrars, across the stages of their training.  Specifically we believe that we can offer:

  • A very positive experience of Local Authority public health working
  • Very good relationships with and embedded work with Director of Adult Services and Director of Children Services
  • We are keen to develop stronger links with academia and so if you have a project in mind, do think of Somerset
  • Good links with local GP speciality tutor and paediatric speciality tutor so plenty of opportunities for joint projects (currently two in progress) and shared clinical experiences across Specialties
  • Core offer well developed and good opportunities to progress work in surveillance, evidence based public health, public health intelligence and service public health competencies with good supervision from both educational supervisors and primary care
  • Opportunities to experience of Public Health commissioning within Local Government

Unique training opportunities in our location include:

  • Diverse background of Consultants and PH team
  • In-house Health Visiting Service
  • Glastonbury! The festival and the place
  • The Somerset Levels and legacy of flooding
  • Hinkley Point – the largest economic development site in Europe currently, bringing public health challenges amongst others
  • Yeovil District Hospital is a Vanguard site


Contact details for Specialty Tutor in Somerset are Dr Orla Dunn,