Public Health - Recruitment

Am I eligible to apply?

Eligibility can change slightly each year so it is important that you visit the Faculty of Public Health Recruitment webpage to ensure you have the most up-to-date information as well as checking the ST1 National Person Specification.


When do you recruit?

Recruitment usually begins in November for posts commencing in the following August.  Advertisements for training will be published on NHS Jobs.


Who oversees the recruitment process?

Selection into Public Health Specialty training is currently run by Health Education East Midlands for England, Scotland and Wales.  Applications are currently submitted through the Oriel on-line application system.


What does applying involve?

There are a number of stages you will need to go through during the application process.


The first stage:

Demonstrating your eligibility – this is through an online application process.


The second stage – if you are successful at demonstrating your eligibility:

Assessment Centre – this involves a number of computer-based tests in numerical and critical reasoning and situational judgement. 


The third stage – the top ranked applicants following the Assessment Centre are then invited to the Selection Centre:

Selection Centre – this is a half-day face-to-face selection process with a minimum standard for passing.


Final stage – those who achieve the minimum standard at the Selection Centre will then be ranked by score and training location preference.

Offers – these are made in meritocratic order with the highest ranked candidate receiving an offer for their first-choice preference. 


More detailed information is available via the Faculty of Public Health Website. 


Is there anyone I can speak to for more information?


Please contact the North West School of Public Health who can arrange for you to speak to a current Specialty Registrar, Training Programme Director or Head of School as appropriate.


For other enquiries about the recruitment and selection process please contact