There are up to 3 posts available based at either University of the West of England, University of Bristol or University of Exeter.

This post is appropriate for those who have completed an MSc in Public Health (or associated area) and the Faculty of Public Health DFPH exam, and currently holds an NTN in the South West Public Health training programme. Experience of research and teaching in fields relevant to public health would be an advantage, as would evidence of the ability to complete research projects, including the publication of scientific papers and reports.  This post is open to applicants from medical and multidisciplinary backgrounds.

The academic base throughout will be either University of the West of England, University of Bristol or University of Exeter allocated by discussion with the successful candidate. The post will be for up to three years and is not suitable for StRs who are one year or less from their CCT date, pro rata for part-time StRs. The post is split 70:30 between the University and the local Public Health service base, this timing could be variable depending on the appointable candidate ie. 50:50

During the post the Public Health Specialty Registrar will be expected to continue their specialist training in Public Health and develop their own research programme in collaboration with members of the University where they are based. They will be expected to apply for funding (e.g from NIHR, ESRC etc) to undertake a higher degree (PhD/MD) or a post-doctoral fellowship (for applicants who already have a PhD) in one of a range of projects, and to contribute to teaching across the University.

The post offers excellent academic support (including doctoral supervision) from senior staff from within the University. Wherever they are based the post-holder will have access to an excellent library and IT facilities.

The Local Authority service base will be agreed upon in discussion with the successful candidate.

The Postgraduate Dean has confirmed that this placement and/or programme has the required educational and dean's approval.


The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) is a University Alliance university with a common mission to make the difference to our cities and regions. We use our experience of providing high quality teaching and research with real world impact to shape higher education and research policy for the benefit of our students and business and civic partners. We innovate together, learn from each other, and support every member to transform lives and deliver growth.

With more than 600 courses on offer, at undergraduate, postgraduate, professional and short course level, we offer a broad range of subjects across the arts, creative industries, health, science, business, law, environment and technology disciplines.  We are well known for the quality of our teaching, and for our student experience as a whole.

We’ve built close links with leading employers such as CERN, Rolls Royce, the NHS, Aardman Animation and the BBC to help develop the right content for our courses and to give our students exposure to diverse professional opportunities.

Our 14 different departments are spread across three campuses in and around Bristol – and we have campuses at Gloucester and Hartpury College, as well as offering courses through local study partners and global partner institutions.

We have invested in the latest facilities and resources to give our students access to everything they need to succeed – with £300m being spent on new state-of-the-art learning spaces and accommodation as part of our 2020 Strategy to enhance our offer even further.

Alongside our teaching, our academics are working on nationally and internationally-renowned research in many interesting areas – from robotics to appearance issues. As well as enriching our teaching, we ensure our research contributes to society and the economy through knowledge exchange, science communication, partnerships and supporting business innovation and growth.

We also play a very active role in our city and wider region, and are seen by many employers and organisations as the ‘go to university’ for graduate recruitment. In total, the University is estimated to have generated a gross value added contribution of over £400 million to the West of England’s GDP in 2014/15. This is equivalent to 1.3% of the city-region’s economic output.


The Centre for Public Health and Wellbeing is based in the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences. The Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences represents a home for a broad and diverse spectrum of disciplines that have as a common focus and overall strategic driver; the health and well-being of humans and of human-kind (including disadvantaged groups, the community, society and the environment). This broad focus provides an integrating theme for the Faculty that gives rise to true inter-disciplinary strength.

The Centre for Public Health and Wellbeing brings together experts from many backgrounds including social scientists, public health and health promotion specialists, epidemiologists, health economists, psychologists, health visitors, nurses and midwives.  Research focused on public health and wellbeing covers a wide range of work that improves the health and sustainability of communities, follows life course approaches and involves interventions amongst individuals, communities and populations. Our strategic areas and themes are:     

  • Healthy and Sustainable Environments
  • Community Development and Public Involvement
  • Epidemiology and evaluation of complex interventions 
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Workforce Development

Members of the Centre for Public Health and Wellbeing collaborate with colleagues across the university, including those in the Centre for Transport and Society, the Centre for Sustainable Planning, and the Science Communication Unit. The Centre is also a key member of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments, based at UWE.  

Funders of recent research projects include BIG Lottery, Wellcome Trust, Public Health England, National Institute for Health Research, and EPSRC.

The Centre leads the MSc in Public Health. This multidisciplinary award attracts a wide variety of public health professionals from a range of backgrounds. It is supported by staff from across the university, including those working in specialist public health and health promotion, planning, regeneration and healthy cities, and social marketing, thus bringing a wide range of talents and skills to bear. It is accredited by the international Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA). In addition, it is on a list of public health programmes recommended to international students by the Department for International Development (DFID) and the British Council. The successful applicant would be expected to contribute to the teaching and assessment of students on the course, and also to teaching on the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Programme.

More information about the Centre can be found here:


Bristol Medical School is the largest and one of the most diverse Schools in the University of Bristol, with approximately 930 members of staff and over 220 postgraduate doctoral research students.  The Head of School is Professor Sarah Purdy. The Medical School has two departments: Population Health Sciences and Translational Health Sciences. The School is a leading centre for research and teaching across these areas.  Research in the School is collaborative and multi-disciplinary, with staff coming from a wide range of academic disciplines and clinical specialties.

In addition to Specialist Research Institutes (Bristol Population Health Science Institute and Bristol Heart Institute), major research strengths are reflected in our contributions to two other University’s research networks (Neuroscience; and Infection, Immunity and Cancer) where we also have world-class groups.  Specific research strengths include Regenerative Medicine, Metabolism, Renal and Musculoskeletal Medicine.

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) confirmed the University of Bristol’s position as a leading centre for health research. In Population Health Sciences 50% of our research was rated as 4* (world leading), and 86% as 4* or 3* (world leading or internationally excellent). 100% of our research impact case studies were rated as world-leading, as was 100% of our research environment.

This recognition of our outstanding impact and research environment reflects our engagement with patients, the public and policy makers and our commitment to training, staff development, multi-disciplinary research and collaboration. In the areas of Clinical Medicine and Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience returns from staff in the Medical School also had approximately 80% in the world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) categories. 

We have built up extensive collaborations throughout the University including those with the pre-clinical biological sciences, the Dental and Veterinary Schools, the School of Social Policy, and basic scientists across many Schools and Faculties. Furthermore, we have good links with other Universities and with the NHS, which have resulted in successful applications for National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and other funding.

Within the Medical School are several major research centres, groups and programmes. More details can be found on the Medical School research website.

Following a £21 million award from the (NIHR), the NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre Bristol launched in April 2017. The Bristol BRC will combines two former Biomedical Research Units in Cardiovascular Research and Nutrition with three new Research Themes (Mental Health, Perinatal and Reproductive Health and Surgical Innovation). The Research Themes are underpinned by Cross Cutting Themes in Translational Population Science and Biostatistics, Evidence Synthesis and Informatics.

The Medical School has responsibility for the undergraduate medical (MBChB) teaching programme.  Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes within the School provide training and career development for undergraduate and intercalating medical students, academic clinical trainees, other clinicians, and research staff. There are taught postgraduate programmes in Public Health, Epidemiology (from 2019), Molecular Neuroscience, Translational Cardiovascular Medicine, Perfusion Science, Stem Cells and Regeneration, and Reproduction and Development. There is an active programme of research seminars in term-time.

The School is committed to delivering a positive working environment for all staff, it holds Silver Athena SWAN Awards in recognition of the ongoing commitment to promote equality, diversity and inclusion within the School.


On 1 August 2017, the School of Social and Community Medicine became the Department of Population Health Sciences (PHS) within the new Bristol Medical School. The Head of Department is Professor Matt Hickman.  The department has over 550 staff across currently two sites, Canynge Hall and Oakfield House.  This post will be based in Canynge Hall or Oakfield House.

Bristol’s strength is as a nationally and internationally leading centre for research and teaching in population health sciences and was recently recognised by the establishment of the new Population Health Science Institute, with the Department at its core.

The postgraduate Short Course Programme is free for our staff and is a popular source of intensive short courses in a wide range of research methods and skills currently mainly in Population Health Sciences.

Within the Department are several major research centres, groups and programmes as outlined and which include Centre for Academic Primary Care; CRUK Integrative Cancer Epidemiology Programme (ICEP); MRC ConDuCT II (Collaboration and Innovation in Difficult or Complex Randomised Controlled Trials); MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit (IEU); NIHR Bristol Randomised Controlled Trials Collaboration; NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care West (CLAHRC West); NIHR Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in Evaluation of Interventions; NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR); UKCRC DECIPHer (Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement) Centre.


University of Exeter Medical School (UEMS) has an international reputation for excellence in health research, medical education, and training collaborative leaders committed to life-long scholarship in the service of patients and the public. It is one of the Top 10 UK Medical Schools (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019; the university as a whole is ranked the best in the South West), is growing rapidly due to high levels of internal and external investment and is well established as a regional, international, and international leader in several areas of public health research. Aside from Public Health, particular research strengths of UEMS are in dementia, diabetes, and genomics. University of Exeter Medical School’s major research groups relevant to public health are listed below but  research in other areas of public health is conducted and interested candidates are invited to enquire about these or other areas of interest.

(1) Health promotion and protection in the natural environment (Lead Prof Lora Fleming). The European Centre for Environment and Human Health ( was founded in 2011 and brings together a large team of toxicologists, epidemiologists, economists, microbiologists, geographers, and ecologists. Based in Truro, Cornwall, the work of the Centre falls into two major areas: emerging threats to health and wellbeing posed by the environment, and the health and wellbeing benefits the natural environment can provide. Areas of focus include antibiotic resistance in natural and farmed environments (Prof Will Gaze); oceans and human health (Prof Lora Fleming); and health benefits from human interaction with the natural environment (Dr Rebecca Lovell).

(2) The Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health (Lead: Prof Mark Jackson) ( is a world-leading centre focused on conducting interdisciplinary research that improves health and well-being across the life course. The Centre’s research themes are Transforming Institutions; Transforming publicly engaged research; Transforming relations; and Transforming health across the life course. The most senior medical school research within the Centre is Prof Katrina Wyatt, Deputy Director for Public Engagement, whose research focuses on creating the conditions for health in schools, workplaces, and communities; addressing health inequalities through community engagement and the development of complex system approaches.

(3) PenCLAHRC (Lead: Prof Stuart Logan) ( The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South West Peninsula (PenCLAHRC) undertakes high-quality applied health research focused on the needs of patients and supports the translation of research evidence into practice in health and social care. CLAHRC funding runs until September 2019 at which point we anticipate that a successor organisation, the ARC (Applied Research Centre) will be in place and will have a renewed focus on public health research and implementation science. The Public Health lead for PenCLAHRC/ARC is Prof Ken Stein, whose research interests include screening and immunisation, appropriateness, and systematic reviews (including their connection to policy). Other areas of potential interest include health economics, in which we have three Professors (Colin Green, Claire Hulme, and Rich Smith) who have interests in various area of public health; implementation science and knowledge mobilisation, in which we work closely with the South West Academic Health Science Network (SW AHSN) to bring about evidence-based changes to healthcare practice (Lead: Dr Iain Lang); and applied evaluation, another joint undertaking with the SW AHSN in which we work closely with health and care providers to evaluate and learn from local activities (Leads: Lang and Stein).



The post-holder will gradually increase teaching, administrative and research duties.  There are many existing and planned projects ongoing which the postholder can contribute to.

Service Duties

The Local Authority service base will be decided in discussion with the successful candidate.

The final location will be confirmed on appointment.

The training programme

The postholder will be supported by established supervisors (one educational, one academic) who will regularly review training needs based on the Faculty of Public Health’s assessment guidelines. On the basis of joint review with the lecturer, a suitable training programme will be agreed and regularly updated, to ensure satisfactory progress towards obtaining the Certificate of Completion of Training in Public Health. All lecturers will be part of the region’s existing programme of Annual Review of Competency Progression (ARCP) reviews. Academic time will be protected and will be based in a different location from Local Authority service work. A Public Health tutorial programme is co-ordinated for all trainees within the region.  A programme of update sessions are led by Public Health England on Health Protection.  Within the local Public Health Network there are CPD/Governance/Audit meetings and attendance records are kept. 

Programme Management and Administration

The post-holder will currently hold an NTN in the South West Public Health training programme. The scheme has regular “training the trainer” events for new and existing educational and academic supervisors. Trainees have monthly tutorial days. Trainees undergo regular appraisal with their supervisors and have an annual review of training through an ARCP by internal and external panel members. Progress to the next year of training is dependent on the outcome of this review. If there are concerns about aspects of training the lecturer will be reviewed earlier. The training programme in the region is overseen by a Regional Specialty Training Committee, which includes an academic representative and meets three times per year. The training departments, including the academic centre, are part of the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) quality assurance programme of annual visits by external representatives of the FPH. Public Health trainees in the South West have a well-developed buddy system where a more experienced trainee on the regional training programme is paired with a new trainee.

Induction Programme

During the first four weeks the post holder will be given the opportunity to meet all members of staff in both the academic and service departments and attend important meetings.

On-call Duties and Supervision

Where appropriate the post-holder will (if appropriately qualified) continue to participate in the local on-call rota for Public Health England. 

Office Accommodation

The post-holder will be provided with adequate office accommodation. 

Statistical, Computing and Clerical Support

The post-holder will have access to expert statistical advice when necessary, will receive basic training in computer skills, will have access to a computer.

Study Leave Entitlement     

The post-holder will be entitled to leave with pay and expenses for the purposes of approved courses and conferences as specified in the South West Public Health Specialty Training Programme Policy.

Travel and Subsistence Allowance

This will be provided in accordance with the South West Public Health Specialty Training Programme Policy.

Main Conditions of Service

The post is covered by 2016 Junior Doctors Contract or the Agenda for Change NHS Terms and Conditions of Service.  The postholder will be contracted by Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, current host employer) and will be issued with an Honorary contract in the Academic institution in which they are placed.


Interested candidates are encouraged to discuss the post with Dr. Paul Pilkington, Specialty Tutor at UWE (0117 3288860), Dr Ruth Kipping, Specialty Tutor at University of Bristol Tel (0117 3314584) Dr Iain Lang, Specialty Tutor at University of Exeter.Tel. (07500 786180 or 01392 726087) or email

Information about the South West Public Health Training Programme can be found at:

Essential and desirable criteria








- Evidence of successful completion of DFPH in Public Health and service experience in public health

- Evidence of clear progress towards the completion of MFPH 

- Candidates must be more than one year from achieving a CCT date in Public Health at time of appointment

Candidates must hold a NTN in the South West Public Health training programme


- Evidence of successful completion of MFPH in Public Health

- Experience of research (such as a PhD/MD degree and/or peer reviewed publications) and teaching in fields relevant to epidemiology and public health

- Postgraduate teaching qualification or experience of teaching

- Evidence of already progressing well on a UK specialist public health training programme

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- Demonstration of, understanding of, and commitment to, an academic career


- Evidence of the ability to complete research projects, including the publication of scientific papers and reports

 - Demonstration of good general knowledge / broad interest in science and academic medicine

- Prizes or distinctions

- Presentation of work at a national or international meeting

- Previous academic experience

- Additional degree or MSc in relevant subject area

- Previous experience of research in public health-related fields, both completing grant applications and conducting research

- Demonstration of knowledge of the academic career pathway

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- Demonstration of understanding and commitment to academic career

- Support of an academic referee for this application

- Demonstration of educational reasons for applying for this Lecturer post

- Demonstration of personal reasons for applying for this Lecturer post

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- As for standard person specification criteria

- Evidence of team working skills

- Evidence of leadership potential

- Evidence through scientific publications and presentations

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