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

March 2022

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 - 2022

  • Scientific Conference: 22nd March
  • Connect 5 Trainer CPD Event:29th March
  • Obesity and Health Inequalities webinar: 5th April
  • Specialty Tutor Meetings: 16th March, 11th May, 5th July, 27th September, 22nd November
  • Public Health as a Career Event: 12th April
  • Academy Board Meetings: 10th May, 27th September
  • South West Practitioner Scheme Introductory Webinar:7th June
  • ARCP dates 2022: 7th & 8th June, 12th & 13th July, 18th October
  • Training Conference: 28th June
  • Supervisor Training:7th July, 8th November
  • Open Evening: 29th September
  • Development School: 19th October
  • Quality Panel:  15th & 16th November

Contact if you would like to attend as an observer at our ARCPs.
Details of all training events are posted on the website

Training Programme update

Despite the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, these continue to be busy and challenging times in Public Health, and we appreciate all of the continued hard work and support from our Registrars, Specialty Tutors, Supervisors and colleagues. The Programme continue 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. Going forward, the team are working hard to explore delivery of hybrid events in the hope that some face-to-face contact can take place this year if safe to do so.

Scientific Conference 2022

The South West Public Health Scientific Conference will take place virtually via MS teams on Tuesday 22nd March 2022.

More information on this event, including the programme and registration information can now be found on the website.

The Academy are pleased to confirm the two invited plenary speakers:

  • Professor SirJonathan Van-Tam, Deputy Chief Medical Officer
  • Professor Sir Michael Marmot, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London

The team hope you will join them by attending this exciting event.

CPD requirements for FPH Members

CPD requirements for FPH Members will be reintroduced from 1 April 2022. The FPH have made some important changes to the CPD policy which will apply.  Ahead of 1 April 2022, the Faculty will be organising engagement sessions to support you with these changes, and will also be producing FAQs and new web pages.

If you have any questions regarding this CPD year or the changes that are planned for next year, please contact the CPD team at the Faculty via

Sarah Weld is the CPD Adviser for the South West and is also happy to be contacted to discuss any queries you have –

Congratulations to Florence Lock

The Training Programme would like to congratulate Florence Lock, a South West Specialty Registrar, who has been awarded the FPH Michael O’Brien prize.  The prize is awarded to the Registrar who receives the highest score in the Diplomate Examination (DFPH).  Michael O’Brien is a past President of FPH who established this award in 1996 to recognise outstanding performance in the FPH written examination.

Well done to Florence!

Training Conference 2022

The Programme have started planning for this year’s Training Conference which will take place on the 28th June 2022. Please save the date and keep checking the school website for updates. The Programme hope to confirm soon how this conference will be delivered (virtually or hybrid).

All Registrars and Supervisors are invited to attend the event which will act as the 2022/23 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.

Practitioner Scheme

The Academy 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.

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

Quality Panel 2021

The 2021 panel took place on the 15th and 16th November but again with a lighter touch approach. Specialty Tutors were invited to attend virtually 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 2022 Quality Panel have now been confirmed: Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th November 2022.

Practitioner Scheme Introductory Webinar

The webinar taking place on the 7th June 2022 will cover the following:

  • Criteria/eligibility
  • Application process
  • Compiling your portfolio and the assessment process
  • Overview of the support available once accepted onto our scheme

To register your attendance please click here

Supervisor Training

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

All potential Educational, Academic and Activity Supervisors are 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:

  • 7th July: To register click here
  • 8th November: To register click here

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

Practitioner masterclasses

Due to increasing demand the team are in the process of commissioning further sets of masterclasses which are delivered by the Faculty of Public Health. The team will be in touch with colleagues once the dates are confirmed.

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.

In 2020, 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. The next Career Event will take place on 12th April  

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 Session. These sessions are run by local authorities across the South West and are also free to attend.

At a taster session 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

Please contact if you have any questions.

Health Inequalities Webinar Series

Following the success of the first series of webinars the Academy have now commenced a second series. These webinars have been organised in collaboration with OHID, UKHSA and NHSE/I. Please do keep an eye on the event page where you will find all the registration details as they are added. 

South West Population and Public Health Academy CPD Webpage

The academy is pleased to have developed a new CPD webpage which will act as a source of information for CPD opportunities that are available through the academy for all Public Health Professionals.

Key Points from the Academy Board held on 25th January 2022

Recruitment 2022 update

  • National recruitment: The assessment centre was held on 12th January.  Virtual interviews take place on 1st to 3rd March with offers issued mid to end March for an August start.  There are currently eight vacancies although numbers may increase. Applications have been much higher than previous years.
  • ACF with University of Bristol/UKHSA: Candidate has accepted a firm offer and will start in August.
  • Career Event:  Will be held on 12th April for those interested in Specialty Training. 
  • Primary Care Training Hub Fellows:  Discussions have begun on the next cohort to start in May.
  • National Population Health Fellows:  Three to be funded nationally and four locally.  Start date is August 2022 and the recruitment process is being finalised.  Will go out to recruitment in the next few weeks.

Support for those in first Consultant posts

Following discussion at the last meeting around support for final year trainees and new consultants, a survey was pulled together.  This looked at whether the Training Programme offer was sufficient and asked for suggestions of additional support needed.  The survey was sent to 23 people in both final year of training and in first year of a consultant post, 11 responses were received.  The report was circulated with the papers.

Key highlights from final year of training:

Mock interviews: Useful but should mirror what happens in practice.

Leadership experience: This is different to what is experienced during the first year in consultant post.  Acting up posts are welcome.  StRs would like leadership experience closely matched to consultant post.

Key highlights from first consultant post:

Induction:  More work needs to be done around induction and the transition between StR/Consultant.  


Peer support network during the first 6-12 months.

CPD process information.

It was discussed and agreed that a small task and finish group should be set up in the SW to work through the survey results and share outcomes with other regions.   



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