The South West Population and Public Health Academy brings together the South West Public Health Training Programme and Public Health Workforce Development Programmes.

This joint newsletter will provide highlights and updates which we hope will be useful for Public Health colleagues across the South West. 

Newsletters are created after each Academy Board meeting taking place in January, May and September each year.

Please see below the latest academy newsletter


South West Population and Public Health

Academy Newsletter

February 2021


Welcome to our Population and Public Health Academy Newsletter

The South West Population and Public Health Academy brings together the South West Public Health Training Programme and Public Health Workforce Development Programmes. This joint newsletter will provide highlights and updates which we hope will be useful for all.   


Key Dates

ARCP dates 2021: 31st March, 8th June, 27th and 28th July, 19th October (MS Teams)

Supervisor Training: 19th April 2021

Careers Event: 27th April 2021

Connect 5 Trainer CPD Event: 28th April 2021

Academy Board meetings 2021: 11th May, 28th September 2021

Virtual Scientific Conference: 18th May 2021

Practitioner Scheme Introductory Webinar: 1st June 10:00-11:00am, 7th September 2021

Public Health Open Evening: 23rd September 2021

SW Population & Public Health Academy Training & Development Event: 21st October 2021 (virtual)

Quality Panel: 15th & 16th November 2021

Details of all training events are posted on the website


COVID 19 – Training Programme Update

These continue to be busy and challenging times in Public Health and we appreciate all of the hard work and support from our Registrars, Specialty Tutors, Supervisors and colleagues. The Programme continues to keep business as usual; running events, supervisor training and ARCPs virtually. All registrars are being extremely flexible and trying to manage progression of training along with the demands of COVID. The Training Programme has continued regular communication with the Specialty Tutor group and StRs by conducting bi-monthly teleconferences and attending monthly tutorials virtually.


Academy Events Update

The Academy have recently completed some work planning events for 2021. The following events have been confirmed for this year:

South West Public Health Virtual Scientific Conference: Tuesday 18th May 2021. Link to event here.

South West Population and Public Health Academy Training and Development Event : Thursday 21st October 2021 (virtual). Link to event here

Please save the dates and look out for more information in due course.


Connect 5 Trainer CPD Event: 28th April 2021

This CPD event will provide valuable refresher training for Connect 5 and also an overview of how the 3 sessions are delivered virtually.  Programme and registration details coming soon.

Practitioner Scheme Introductory Webinar: 1st June 2021 10:00-11:00am

For anyone interested in the practitioner portfolio and you want to hear more about the support available please book your place here 


Supervisor Training

Details of the training required to be an accredited Supervisor in the South West is listed below:

· Activity Supervisor: Completion of modules 1-3 of Public Health specific Supervisor Training

· Educational/Academic Supervisor: Completion of modules 1-5 of Public Health specific Supervisor Training

All 5 modules are delivered by the Training Programme from April 2021; prospective supervisors can attend only the modules that they need to. The next session is being ran on the 19th April 2021 from 9-1pm. Registration is now open.

Please note that supervisors must attend the Public Health specific training delivered by the programme.

If you have any questions relating to Supervisor training, please contact  More information on becoming a Supervisor and the training required can be found on the website



Primary Care Training Hub Fellows: The Population and Public Health Academy has been working closely with Primary Care Colleagues in the South West to develop a programme that will recruit 6 Primary Care Training Hub Fellows in the region. Each fellow will be based within a Local Authority supervised by a Public Health Supervisor.

The Academy has welcomed one fellow so far in Gloucestershire with other ICSs to shortly follow. Thank you to our colleagues who are supporting this programme. If you would like any further information, please contact the programme team.

National Population Health Fellows: The South West will receive three Fellows in the second cohort of Population Health Fellows. This year, recruitment will be led regionally and the training and contact days with the Fellows will be run nationally. The Academy will work to identify organisations to host a Fellow. The recruitment process will commence in April and Fellows should be in post by Autumn.


Key Points from the Academy Board held on 26th January 2021

National recruitment: Recruitment is progressing in the National Recruitment round 2021.

Information regarding national recruitment can be found on the FPH website.

Please see below updated recruitment dates:

· On-line assessments 1st to 4th February 2021

· Selection centre 22nd to 24th March 2021

The South West are recruiting to three vacancies to be placed in the following locations: Swindon, BANES and Cornwall.

In addition, the South West are recruiting to two ACF posts. One linked to the UoB and one to the UoE. Conditional offers have been made but candidates also need to go through the National Recruitment process.

Dental Public Health update: The Programme is delighted that one of the region’s Dental Registrars has completed training and has been offered a post; it is hoped the second Dental PH Registrar will also obtain a post in the SW. If Dental PH Consultant numbers increase in the SW this will really enhance the work colleagues are able to deliver.

CPD Update: Maggie reported that there will not be an audit this year and advised that there is dispensation from the Faculty not to submit this year. It is likely CPD will be back up and running in 2022.

These arrangements will be reviewed in early 2021. No action is required by members at this time. The CPD helpdesk remains open and able to support with CPD queries: Sarah Weld is also available to provide support and answer questions of FPH Members in the South West. Maggie thanked Sarah Weld for taking on this role.


FPH Exams

All Faculty exams continue to be completed online using a remote delivery platform. Dates for both the DFPH and MFPH for 2021 have now been set and can be found on the FPH website. The training programme continue to support Registrars sitting both exams and are now hosting online MFPH mock sessions.


Quality Panel

The 2020 panel took place on the 23rd and 24th November but with a lighter touch approach. Specialty Tutors were invited to attend to discuss their training location. All outcome reports have now been written and sent to STs in each location. The Programme would like to thank all involved in the process for their hard work and continued commitment. The dates for the 2021 Quality Panel have now been confirmed: Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th November 2021.


CPD Event 2020

The Academy ran a successful virtual CPD event in October 2020 vis MS Teams. This event was new to the Public Health Training Programme agenda and was developed following the postponement and cancellation of the Scientific Conference, Annual Training Conference and Development School due to COVID-19.  The online session acted as the 2020/21 annual update for Educational and Academic Supervisors to ensure they remain accredited. 

The online event welcomed 95 Supervisors and Registrars from the South West. Feedback has been very positive and the Academy thank all those who contributed to make the event such a success.


Public Health Practitioner Training Directory

We are thrilled to be able to share the new training directory for practitioners. This directory provides a great resource for those practitioners wishing to increase and/or consolidate their public health knowledge. The directory has also been mapped against the UKPHR practitioner standards and will be really useful for those practitioners seeking to pursue practitioner registration.


Public Health Practitioner Masterclasses

We have commissioned 3 sets of 6 practitioner masterclasses over the past 4 months providing 75 places on each masterclass. These have proved extremely popular and we hope to be able to offer additional places later in the year.


Connect 5 Mental Health & Wellbeing

With the support of colleagues in South Gloucestershire, Connect 5 is now able to be delivered virtually. The training resources have been updated to enable trainers to deliver sessions 1,2 & 3 virtually in 3 hour sessions. The train the trainer resources have also been updated to enable virtual delivery. We are aware that demand for this training is increasing.


If you would like more information on any of these items, please contact: