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

November 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

  • Quality Panel: 15th & 16th November 2021
  • SW Population & Public Health Academy – Skills Webinar – HEAT Assessment Tool Webinar: 22nd November 2021 at 10:00am
  • Future Landscape of Population and Public Health Event: 1st December 2021
  • South West Practitioner Scheme Introductory Webinar: 7th December at 10:00am
  • Inequalities in Coastal Communities Webinar: 7th December at 3:00pm
  • MECC Trainer CPD Event: 25th January 2022
  • Public Mental Health & Inequalities Webinar: 7th February 2022
  • Scientific Conference: 22nd March 2022
  • Specialty Tutor Meetings: 11th November 2021, 25th January, 16th March, 11th May, 5th July 2022
  • Academy Board Meetings: 25th January 2022, 11th May 2022, 27th September 2022
  • ARCP dates 2022: 18th January, 7th & 8th June, 12th & 13th July, 18th October 2022

Contact if you would like to attend as an observer at our ARCPs.

Details of all training events are posted on the website

COVID-19 Training Programme update

As we head into Winter, these continue to be busy and challenging times in Public Health and we appreciate all 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.

Future Landscape of Population and Public Health in the South West Event

The academy will be hosting this event on Wednesday 1st December 2021 via MS Teams 10.30-1pm. This virtual event will hear from colleagues in UKHSA, OHID, NHSE/I, Local Authorities as well as the Academy on the future landscape of Population and Public Health in the South West. More details can be found on the event webpage

SW MECC Steering Group

The group have undertaken a review of the current MECC model and will be launching the new model at the MECC Trainer CPD event on 25th January 2022.

ASPHER 2021 Deans’ & Directors’ Good Practice Award

The UK Public Health Specialty Training Programme has been awarded the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER) 2021 Deans’ & Directors’ Good Practice Award. This is a fantastic achievement which should be celebrated by all colleagues involved in Specialty Training. More details here

Scientific Conference 2022

The South West Public Health Scientific Conference will take place on Tuesday 22nd March 2022. It is yet to be confirmed how the conference will be delivered (face to face or virtually, or a mixture of both) but we hope to soon welcome people to face to face events when restrictions allow and it is safe to do so. The call for abstracts for the event is now open, please see more details on the event webpage or contact the Programme Team if you have any questions.  Abstracts should be sent to the Programme team by 17.00 hours on Monday 29th November 2021.

Practitioner Scheme

We are seeking to recruit additional Assessors and Verifiers for the practitioner scheme. Full training will be provided by UKPHR.

An assessor must have at least two years’ experience at senior or advanced practitioner level in multi-disciplinary public health and/or be an existing registered public health practitioner with the UKPHR. 
A verifier must be a registered public health specialist. The 2 years’ post registration requirement is no longer required.

If you are interested and would like more information, please contact

Quality Panel

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your help and support with developing the training programme over the last year, particularly during these continued challenging times. As HEE are continuing with the Quality Panel process this year, we are just preparing for our annual Panel.  Again, this year it will be a lighter approach to take into account how busy everyone has been during COVID-19.

The 2021 Quality Panel will take place on 15th and 16th November 2021, virtually via MS Teams.

Public Health Ethics

We have commissioned 3 x eLearning modules that will be available at the end of March 2022.

Health Inequalities Webinar Series

Following the success of the first series of webinars we have now commenced a second series. These webinars have been organised in collaboration with OHID, UKHSA and NHSEI. In additional to topic specific webinars, we have also arranged some skills-based webinars such as the HEAT assessment tool. Please do keep an eye on our event webpage where you will find all the registration details as they are added.

Population Health Digital Toolkit 

This toolkit enables health and care organisations to embed population health approaches into their communities by improving the knowledge of their workforces in this area.  It provides links to free resources that are mapped to 11 core curriculum areas and learning objectives. With the aim of contributing to improvement of population health in England, the toolkit will support those working in health and care sectors to apply a population health approach in their role.

Supervisor Training

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

The Programme Team has streamlined the training process – Educational, Academic and Activity Supervisors are now all required to complete the same training which comprise of the completion of modules 1-5 of the Public Health specific Supervisor Training. All 5 modules are delivered by the Training Programme. Dates for the 2022 sessions are: 31st January and 7th July 2022.

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 ran a virtual Academic Supervisor Refresher Session for all Academic Supervisors in the South West. If you would like to access the recording of this session, please contact

Training Conference 2021

The Training Conference took place virtually on the 21st October 2021; thank you to all those who presented and contributed to make the event as successful as it was. Initial feedback from the event looks excellent. The presentations and recordings of the day are now available to view on the event SharePoint site. If you would like access to this, please contact

The conference also acted as the annual update for Supervisors. All Educational and Academic Supervisors have been contacted if they are required to complete the annual update by watching a series of the video clips.

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 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 hosted their annual Open Evening on the 23rd September via MS Teams. Following this session, an FAQ document has been developed which answers common questions from prospective applicants, if you would like to receive a copy of the FAQs, please contact   

Key Points from the Academy Board held on 28th September

Recruitment update

  • Recruitment 2021 Seven new StRs were welcomed in August; five service and two ACFs based with the University of Bristol and University of Exeter.  Diane thanked those who supported sessions at regional induction and those who contributed to local inductions.  
  • Recruitment 2022 An open evening was held in September with 44 attendees.  The team are working on five vacancies for 2022 and will be putting in a business case for additional training places.  Dorset is now in the SW Training Programme and any new StRs for Dorset will be recruited into the South West.  Recruitment for August 2022 remains virtual with a single panel interview.
  • UKHSA has been awarded an Academic Clinical Fellow to be based with the University of Bristol with entry at ST2/3 level.
  • Primary Care Training Hub Fellows All have been recruited. 
  • National Population Health Fellows There are seven Fellows, one for each ICS system, with three funded nationally and four regionally. 

Support for Final Year Registrars

Maggie informed the meeting of the proposal from COPMED for supporting final year StRs.  In the South West, the Programme Team do a lot of work to ensure StRs exit the Programme with a consultant post, but there is not a lot of support available for those in the first year of consultant posts.  There is nothing being done nationally to support first year consultants and the team wanted the Board to consider whether something should be put in place regionally.

The Board discussed support available via the FPH buddy scheme, action sets and mentors outside the organisation.

The Programme Team will work to set up a survey for new consultants who have recently left the Programme to see what support is needed.

Events in the Future

The Programme deliver three main events a year; The Training Conference, Scientific Conference and Development School.  The board was asked to consider whether all three should go ahead in 2022 and whether there was an opportunity to hold events face to face. The Board agreed that there was enthusiasm to get back to face to face events if local guidelines were followed, venues were COVID secure and contingency plans were put in place.  There was support for a hybrid option (face to face and live streaming).  The Programme is governed by HEE policy which currently states no face to face meetings/events.


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