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

June 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

  • Supervisor Training: 24th June 2021
  • Health Inequalities Webinar Series – Webinar 4 Behavioural Change: 6th July 2021
  • ARCP dates 2021: 27th and 28th July, 19th October 2021  Contact if you would like to attend as an observer at our ARCPs.
  • SW Practitioner Scheme Introductory Webinar: 7th September 2021
  • Public Health Ethics Event: 21st September 2021(time tbc)
  • Public Health Open Evening: 23rd September 2021
  • Academy Board meeting: 28th September 2021
  • Virtual Training Conference: 21st October 2021  
  • Quality Panel: 15th & 16th November 2021
  • Development event: 1st December 2021 – please save the date
  • SW Practitioner Scheme – Verifier Training: 7th December 2021

All events continue to be delivered virtually until further notice.

Details of all training events are posted on the website

COVID-19 Training Programme Update

Over a year on and 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.  The Training Programme has continued regular communication with the Specialty Tutor group and StRs by conducting bi-monthly teleconferences and attending monthly tutorials virtually.

All Registrars have completed, or had the option to complete, a training recovery exercise, linked to the ARCP process which looks at the impact of COVID-19 on training with a particular focus on wellbeing.

Practitioner Masterclasses

We have commissioned a further 2 sets of 6 masterclasses that will be delivered by the Faculty of Public Health.  Expression of interest requests will be sought imminently through the usual channels.

Scientific Conference 2021

Thank you to everyone who attended the virtual Scientific Conference that took place on the 18th May.  It was a very successful event that ran well virtually.  Thank you to the planning group and all those who presented at the conference, initial feedback received is very positive. Thank you also to those who have completed the online evaluation, although this survey is now closed, we take all feedback into consideration so if you have any further comments please email

The presentations and online session recordings are now available.  If you would like to access these, please contact the team.

National Training Survey

Diane has written a summary of the combined medical and multidisciplinary survey results from the 2020 survey which has been shared with the StR group and ST group.

The survey highlights that PH training in the SW is top Nationally which is a great achievement. Thanks are given to all for their input, hard work and support.

The 2021 survey closed in May; the team are awaiting the results.

SW Practitioner Scheme

Quarterly introductory webinars continue to be very popular with our next webinar planned for 7th September.  For more information and eligibility register here

We are keen to increase our pool of Verifiers for the practitioner scheme.  This is part of the quality assurance process recommending practitioners for registration following the completion of their portfolio’s.  To become a Verifier you will need to be a registered specialist with at least 2 years post registration experience.  You will also need to undertake ½ day of training which is delivered virtually UKPHR.  Verifier training is set for 7th December 2021, 1:30pm – 4:30pm. If anyone is interested and fits the criteria, please email

Master’s in Public Health

We have recently sought nominations via Directors of Public Health for places on the master’s in public health courses across the South West.

Health Inequalities Webinar Series

In collaboration with NHSE/I and PHE we have created a series of webinars to support the delivery of the NHS Long Term plan with a focus on addressing health inequalities.  The final webinar in this current series on behavioural change will be delivered on 6th July.  All webinars have and will be recorded so anyone wishing to have access to these will need to contact

Public Health Ethics

We will be hosting a virtual Public Health Ethics event on 21st September (times TBC).  We will add registration details to the events calendar in due course.  We are aware that access to training and education for public health ethics is limited and have also commissioned a piece of work to create 3 eLearning modules that will be available free of charge on the eLearning for Health platform later in the year.

Key Points from the Academy Board held on 11th May

Dorset: Dorset Council will move into HEE South West both operationally and strategically in this financial year.  Dorset will now be increasingly part of the SW Programme and the Programme will look at the training zones to include Dorset and the Specialty Tutor arrangements going forward.  

Recruitment 2021: Recruitment is progressing well. There will be five service posts based at Cornwall, Swindon, BANES, South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire; two ACFs (Exeter and Bristol); an Inter-Deanery transfer is also starting in the SW at the end September. 

The team are in the process of completing initial conversations with the new starters to explain how the programme works and discuss their Masters’ plans.

All new starters are from medical backgrounds and all need to complete a Masters. 

Work has started on regional induction which will take place throughout August.

Primary Care Training Hub Fellows: There are 6 Primary Care Training Hub Fellows, one placed in each ICS area. Gloucestershire, BSW and BNSSG have fellows in post with induction completed. Devon, Cornwall and Somerset are currently recruiting.

National Population Health Fellows: There will be six Fellows that will be recruited.  Recruitment arrangements are underway with two of the ICS systems recruiting themselves; the Programme will run recruitment for the other three (interviews took place on the 11th June). All ICSs should be working towards a start date of 4th August and the contract is for 2 days per week for a year’s duration.  An induction will be held for this group of fellows.

Health Protection Courses: Those who engaged with the procurement process were thanked for their contribution. 

The UWE and University of Exeter have each been awarded a contract to deliver Health Protection courses in the Southwest.  The Population and Public Health Academy have 60 places per year to allocate across the system.

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

From April 2021, all 5 modules are delivered by the Training Programme; prospective supervisors can attend only the modules that they need to. The next session is being ran on the 24th June.  Registration is now open. Please note that supervisors must attend the Public Health specific training delivered by the programme.

Are you an Academic Supervisor?

In collaboration with the University of Bristol, University of Exeter and the University of the West of England, the Programme will be running a virtual Academic Supervisor Refresher Session for all Academic Supervisors in the South West. The session will take place on Monday 8th November 1-3pm. Please save the date and look out for more information in due course.

Training Conference 2021

The Programme have started planning for this year’s virtual Training Conference which will take place via MS Teams on the 21st October 2021. Please save the date and keep checking the event webpage for updates.

All Registrars and Supervisors are invited to attend the event which will act as the 2021/22 annual update for Supervisors to retain their accreditation to supervise in the South West. The session will also be recorded for those who are unable to attend on the day.

For those interested in applying to train in the South West

The team have created a webpage dedicated to those who wish to apply for Specialty Training or to gain more experience in Public Health.

Last year, a structured process was developed to ensure that those interested can receive the information and experience they need.

The first step in this process is to attend a Career Event or watch the online recording; a well-attended career event was delivered in April 2021 and a FAQ document was developed following this.  Please contact if you would like to access these.

If you have attended a Career Event or have watched the online session, you now have the opportunity, if you like, to attend a Taster Day. These one-day sessions are run by local authorities across the South West and are also free to attend.

At a taster day you can gain some valuable knowledge on Public Health and get involved with some activities within the Council with the Public Health team. Information on upcoming events, and to register, please click here

In addition, the Programme team will be hosting their annual Open Evening on Thursday 23rd September via MS Teams. This is an open session for anyone who is interested in applying for Specialty Training for 2022. To register and for more information please click here.


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