Details of the recruitment cycle for August 2021 are published on the following web pages: Faculty of Public Health Recruitment page  

Applications for the 2021 recruitment will open November 2020

The 2020 recruitment round will begin on 2nd November 2020. The timetable is as follows:

  • Adverts: 2nd November 2020
  • Applications open: 10am 5 November 2020
  • Applications close: 4pm 1st December 2020
  • Assessment centre: 8 January 2021 postponed until 1st - 4th February 2021
  • Selection centre: 2 - 4 March 2021 postponed until 22 - 24th March 2021
  • Initial offers by: 5pm 19 April 2021

For ALL enquiries about the recruitment and selection process please contact

Potential applicants are advised to note these dates. Potential applicants are also advised that all correspondence will be by automated e-mail with short windows for responding to invitations to stages of the process. Applicants will need regular access to e-mail.

Recruitment for public health is managed nationally with applicants making a single application with expressed preference for specific programmes and, for some programmes, geographical zones. Assessment and selection is standardised across England, Scotland and Wales (Northern Ireland may interview independently). The public health specialty training programme selection process uses evidence based and validated selection methodology.

We recruit into the programme annually, in line with national guidance and requirements. Our programme is open to candidates from medical and non-medical backgrounds according to nationally agreed eligibility criteria. Queries regarding recruitment to the South West Public Health training programme should be directed to

2021 Recruitment details

Recruitment into public health follows a nationally standardised process which is coordinated through the East Midlands Health Education England recruitment team with local input at HEE level.  If you have queries about eligibility and the recruitment process please email

National specialty training information for all specialties can be accessed through the national specialty training web pages.  Please be certain that you are reading the correct version of these pages as relevant to the 2021 round of appointments.

Potential applicants are encouraged to read current guidance on immigration issues.

The expected start date for successful applicants is August 2021 except where successful applicants meet criteria for a deferral.

Further details of the recruitment process are given below. The application process will be run electronically and all communications will be by e-mail/text through an automated system. Applicants should remain regularly in touch with their nominated email address to check their application status and for required action.

  • Applicants are advised to ensure they are familiar with all detailed guidance before submitting their applications. Applications not complying with guidance will be rejected
  • Applicants successful at eligibility checking will be invited to a half day assessment centre (written tests of numerical and critical reasoning and a situational judgement [scenario based] test).
  • Written assessments will be conducted on line in various approved testing centres throughout the UK and Europe (a full list of locations will be available on the FPH webpages and sent with invitations to book places for assessment). Applicants will have some choice of locations. Assessment sittings will be held only on January 8th.
  • Applicants will be required to evidence their identity before taking the tests and will be given an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the testing systems before timed tests start.
  • Applicants should be aware that a cancellation charge may be incurred if they fail to attend a booked assessment.
  • Applicants will need to reach a minimum standard at the tests of numeracy, critical reasoning and situational judgement and a minimum combined score.
  • Applicants passing this standard will then be ranked according to their total scores at assessment centre.
  • Applicants at the top end of the ranking for written tests will be invited to a half day selection centre.


There will be 3 vacancies in the South West Public Health training programme in 2021.  These vacancies will be in:-

1. Cornwall Council  based in Truro, Cornwall

2. Swindon Borough Council based in Swindon

3. Bath and North Somerset Council based in Bath 


Applicants will make a single electronic application and will be required to state, in preference order, their programmes, or relevant sub programmes, of choice.  Offers to applicants meeting the minimum required standards at interview will be made according to the final ranking scores in line with expressed preferences until all spaces are filled in all programmes. Applicants are advised to think carefully about preferencing. Final scores take account of written test scores as well as interview scores.